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It's about one-two-hundredth as tall as The Chicago Water Tower.
In other words, 23 centimeters is 0.0049 times the height of The Chicago Water Tower, and the height of The Chicago Water Tower is 204 times that amount.
(Chicago, Illinois)
The Chicago Water Tower is 4,690 centimeters tall. The tower's architecture was one source of inspiration behind the design of White Castle fast-food restaurants beginning with "Building Number 8," a prefabricated structure built in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1936.
It's about one-one-hundredth as long as Baseball base distances.
In other words, 23 centimeters is 0.0083844 times the length of Baseball base distances, and the length of Baseball base distances is 119.270 times that amount.
(MLB Official Baseball Rules specification)
According to MLB Official Baseball Rules, the distance between baseball diamond bases is 2,743.20 centimeters. While second and home base are located upon the corners of the 27.432 sq. m area created by the bases, first and third base are placed within that square, to better allow the umpires to judge whether a ball is fair or foul.
It's about one-eighty-fifth as long as a Cricket Pitch.
In other words, 23 centimeters is 0.0114332 times the length of a Cricket Pitch, and the length of a Cricket Pitch is 87.46460 times that amount.
(per Marylebone Cricket Council / International Cricket Council Law #6)
The length of a cricket pitch, from one bowling crease to the other, is 2,011.680 centimeters. The wickets at either end of the pitch stand 72 centimeters tall including the bails.
It's about one-eighty-fifth as long as a Bowling Lane.
In other words, 23 centimeters is 0.012007 times the length of a Bowling Lane, and the length of a Bowling Lane is 83.2850 times that amount.
(USBC specifications; tenpin; including pin deck)
According to the United States Bowling Congress specifications, a tenpin bowling lane should measure 1,915.60 centimeters. In a Professional Bowling Association game, the lane must be lubricated by about 25 ml (0.85 fl. oz) of oil.
It's about one-sixty-fifth as tall as The Hollywood Sign.
In other words, the height of The Hollywood Sign is 67 times 23 centimeters.
(a.k.a. Hollywoodland Sign) (Mount Lee, Hollywood Hills, Santa Monica Mountains, California)
Each of the white letters in the Hollywood Sign measures 1,500 centimeters tall. Built as an advertisement in 1923, the sign was intended to stand for only eighteen months.
It's about one-sixty-fifth as long as a Semitrailer.
In other words, 23 centimeters is 0.01572 times the length of a Semitrailer, and the length of a Semitrailer is 63.610 times that amount.
(a.k.a. semi-trailer truck, a.k.a. semi, a.k.a. tractor-trailer, a.k.a. truck and trailer, a.k.a. eighteen-wheeler, a.k.a. big rig, a.k.a. Mack truck, a.k.a. transport, a.k.a. lorry, a.k.a. artic; for box truck; United States Federal length limits)
According to the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), the maximum allowable length of a semitrailer pulled by a road tractor truck is 1,463 centimeters (unless superseded by state law). These regulations also allow the vehicles to tow up to 36,000 kg in gross weight.
It's about one-fifty-fifth as tall as a Brachiosaurus.
In other words, the height of a Brachiosaurus is 56 times 23 centimeters.
(based on comparable bone measurements, height to head)
Dinosaurs in the genus Brachiosaurus had an estimated height (at the head with neck fully extended) of up to 1,300 centimeters. A resin cast of the first Brachiosaurus specimen, owned by the Field Museum in Chicago, is currently on display at the O'Hare International Airport.