It's about one-tenth as long as a Semitrailer
In other words, 59 inches is 0.10240 times the length of a Semitrailer, and the length of a Semitrailer is 9.7660 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(DOT), the maximum allowable length of a semitrailer pulled by a road tractor truck is 576 inches (unless superseded by state law).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-tenth as tall as a Brachiosaurus
In other words, 59 inches is 0.120 times the height of a Brachiosaurus, and the height of a Brachiosaurus is 8.30 times that amount.(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 510 inches. 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 one-tenth as tall as a Telephone Pole
In other words, 59 inches is 0.140 times the height of a Telephone Pole, and the height of a Telephone Pole is 7.10 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 430 inches 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 one-fifth as long as a London bus
In other words, 59 inches is 0.1790 times the length of a London bus, and the length of a London bus is 5.590 times that amount.(Routemaster Double-Decker, RM standard specification)
The Routemaster Double-Decker buses, well-known as icons of London, measure 330 inches 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 one-fifth as tall as a Giraffe
It's about two-fifths as long as a Beetle (Volkswagen)
In other words, 59 inches is 0.36740 times the length of a Beetle (Volkswagen), and the length of a Beetle (Volkswagen) is 2.7220 times that amount.(1964 model) (a.k.a. Volkswagen 1200, a.k.a. Käfer)
A 1964 Volkswagen Beetle measures 160.60 inches. 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 two-thirds as tall as a Christmas Tree (artificial)
In other words, the height of a Christmas Tree (artificial) is 1.50 times 59 inches.(artificial; average height)
The most common height of an artificial Christmas Tree is 91 inches. 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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