It's about 200 times as tall as a Telephone Pole.
In other words, 12 furlongs is 220 times the height of a Telephone Pole, and the height of a Telephone Pole is 0.0045 times that amount.(a.k.a. Utility Pole, a.k.a Power Pole, a.k.a. Telegraph Pole, a.k.a. Telegraph Post, a.k.a. Hydro Pole) (exposed height; per Florida Public Service Commission average)
A standard telephone pole is 0.055 furlongs tall. Despite alternatives, most telephone poles in the US are made of wood — most commonly pine — and have a lifespan of 25 to 50 years, depending on climate and preservatives applied.
It's about 300 times as long as a London bus.
In other words, 12 furlongs is 288 times the length of a London bus, and the length of a London bus is 0.00347 times that amount.(Routemaster Double-Decker, RM standard specification)
The Routemaster Double-Decker buses, well-known as icons of London, measure 0.0417 furlongs in length. The buses were said to be well-designed for travel in the London traffic, as they offered an open door for riders to board and exit even while the bus was moving at low speeds, and a full-time conductor to collect fares.
It's about 400 times as tall as a Giraffe.
It's about one-five-hundred-fiftieth as long as The Rhine.
In other words, 12 furlongs is 0.00183 times the length of The Rhine, and the length of The Rhine is 546 times that amount.(a.k.a. Rhein, a.k.a. Rijn, a.k.a. Rhin, a.k.a. Rain, a.k.a. Reno, a.k.a. Rhenus, a.k.a. Ryn) (from near Reichenau, Switzerland through Hoek van Holland, Rotterdam, Netherlands)
The Rhine river runs 6,560 furlongs in total length. The World War II Battle of Arnhem, as memorialized in the 1974 book and 1977 movie A Bridge Too Far, was the first of several attempts to capture key bridges across the Rhine, beginning with the Arnhem Bridge in the Netherlands.
It's about 600 times as long as a Beetle (Volkswagen).
In other words, 12 furlongs is 591.80 times the length of a Beetle (Volkswagen), and the length of a Beetle (Volkswagen) is 0.00169 times that amount.(1964 model) (a.k.a. Volkswagen 1200, a.k.a. Käfer)
A 1964 Volkswagen Beetle measures 0.02028 furlongs. As the longest continuously-produced automobile design — in production for 75 years between 1938 and 2003 — the Beetle was voted the most fourth-most influential car of the twentieth century by the Global Automotive Elections Foundation.
It's about one-nine-hundred-fiftieth as long as The Colorado River.
In other words, 12 furlongs is 0.00104 times the length of The Colorado River, and the length of The Colorado River is 962 times that amount.(a.k.a. Aha Kwahwat, a.k.a. Grand River, a.k.a. Tizon River, a.k.a. Tecon River, a.k.a. Tison River) (from Grand Lake, Colorado through the Gulf of California)
The Colorado River runs 11,600 furlongs in length. Along this length, the river descends from its source, approximately 13.70 furlongs above sea level in the Rocky Mountains, to its mouth in the Gulf of California.
It's about 1,000 times as tall as a Christmas Tree (artificial).
In other words, the height of a Christmas Tree (artificial) is 0.001 times 12 furlongs.(artificial; average height)
The most common height of an artificial Christmas Tree is 0.011 furlongs. According to the most recent USDA Census of Agriculture, a total of 1,389.59 sq. km (343,374 acres) of Christmas Trees were farmed in the US in 2007.
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