It's about as tall as a Giant Sequoia (tree).
(a.k.a. Sequoiadendron giganteum, a.k.a. Sierra redwood, a.k.a. Wellingtonia)
Giant Sequoias of the Giant Sequoia National Monument located in Sierra Nevada, near Visalia, California can grow to heights of 500 shaftments. The wood from the Giant Sequoias is often brittle and prone to shattering when such trees are felled, and as a result the trees logged in the late nineteenth century were often usable only as shingles or matchsticks.
It's about one-and-one-tenth times as long as The Wingspan of a 747.
In other words, 500 shaftments is 1.110 times the length of The Wingspan of a 747, and the length of The Wingspan of a 747 is 0.9010 times that amount.(a.k.a. Boeing 747, a.k.a. Jumbo Jet, a.k.a. Queen of the Skies) (for Boeing 747-8 series)
The wingspan of a Boeing 747-8 is 449 shaftments. Fully loaded, the 747 can travel 54,400,000 shaftments before refueling.
It's about four-fifths as tall as The Statue of Liberty.
In other words, 500 shaftments is 0.81940 times the height of The Statue of Liberty, and the height of The Statue of Liberty is 1.220 times that amount.(a.k.a. "Liberty Enlightening the World," a.k.a. La Liberté Éclairant le Monde) (Liberty Island, New York City, New York) (pedestal base to torch peak)
The Statue of Liberty reaches 610.20 shaftments including the pedestal. The statue was designed using an optical trick known as "forced perspective" to make the statue appear proportionally correct when viewed from its base and is, in actuality, disproportionately large at the top.
It's about four-fifths as tall as Big Ben.
In other words, 500 shaftments is 0.790 times the height of Big Ben, and the height of Big Ben is 1.30 times that amount.(officially the clock tower of Palace of Westminster, a.k.a. Houses of Parliament) (London, England)
The clock tower of the Palace of Westminster, which houses the bell known as "Big Ben," rises 630 shaftments. The tower has no elevator, and is therefore only accessible by climbing 334 steps to the top.
It's about one-and-one-third times as tall as The Cinderella Castle.
In other words, the height of The Cinderella Castle is 0.7580 times 500 shaftments.(Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista and Bay Lake, Florida)
Walt Disney World's Cinderella Castle is 378 shaftments tall. The castle's architecture uses the optical trick known as "forced perspective" — the castle gets smaller near the top — to appear larger than it truly is.
It's about one-and-one-third times as tall as The Leaning Tower of Pisa.
In other words, the height of The Leaning Tower of Pisa is 0.7410 times 500 shaftments.(a.k.a. The Tower of Pisa, a.k.a. Torre pendente di Pisa) (Pisa, Italy) (height along center axis)
The Leaning Tower of Pisa stands 370 shaftments tall along the angle of its lean. In May of 2008, in an successful effort to stabilize the tower, 70 tonnes of earth were removed from the tower's base on the side opposite the lean.
It's about three-fourths as long as a Football (Soccer) Pitch.
In other words, 500 shaftments is 0.7260 times the length of a Football (Soccer) Pitch, and the length of a Football (Soccer) Pitch is 1.380 times that amount.(a.k.a. Football Field, a.k.a. Soccer Field) (field length, a.k.a. touchline distance)
According to the Laws of the Game, a football pitch should measure between 689 shaftments (when the Laws were originally, they used imperial measurements of 690 shaftments, and later converted to the metric units used today). The goal markess were defined as part of the pitch by the original rules of the game in the late 16th century, but it was not until the mid 19th century that the crossbar and the net were added