It's about one-and-one-tenth times as long as a London bus
In other words, 12 paces is 1.09 times the length of a London bus, and the length of a London bus is 0.9170 times that amount.(Routemaster Double-Decker, RM standard specification)
The Routemaster Double-Decker buses, well-known as icons of London, measure 11 paces 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 four-fifths as tall as a Telephone Pole
In other words, 12 paces is 0.830 times the height of a Telephone Pole, and the height of a Telephone Pole is 1.20 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 14 paces 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 seven-tenths as tall as a Brachiosaurus
In other words, the height of a Brachiosaurus is 1.40 times 12 paces.(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 17 paces. 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.
It's about three-fifths as long as a Semitrailer
In other words, 12 paces is 0.6250 times the length of a Semitrailer, and the length of a Semitrailer is 1.60 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(DOT), the maximum allowable length of a semitrailer pulled by a road tractor truck is 19.20 paces (unless superseded by state law). These regulations also allow the vehicles to tow up to 36,000 kg in gross weight.
It's about three-fifths as tall as The Hollywood Sign
In other words, 12 paces is 0.610 times the height of The Hollywood Sign, and the height of The Hollywood Sign is 1.60 times that amount.(a.k.a. Hollywoodland Sign) (Mount Lee, Hollywood Hills, Santa Monica Mountains, California)
Each of the white letters in the Hollywood Sign measures 20 paces tall. Built as an advertisement in 1923, the sign was intended to stand for only eighteen months.
It's about two times as tall as a Giraffe
It's about half as long as a Bowling Lane
In other words, 12 paces is 0.477340 times the length of a Bowling Lane, and the length of a Bowling Lane is 2.0949 times that amount.(USBC specifications; tenpin; including pin deck)
According to the United States Bowling Congress specifications, a tenpin bowling lane should measure 25.1390 paces. In a Professional Bowling Association game, the lane must be lubricated by about 25 ml (0.85 fl. oz) of oil.