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It's about one-thirtieth as long as The Beast (Roller Coaster).
In other words, 500 shaftments is 0.03397 times the length of The Beast (Roller Coaster), and the length of The Beast (Roller Coaster) is 29.440 times that amount.
(King's Island Amusement Park; Mason, OH)
The roller coaster The Beast is 14,720 shaftments in length. On its twenty-fifth year of operation in 2004, The Beast was awarded the Landmark Award by the American Coaster Enthusiasts as a historically significant roller coaster.
It's about one-thirtieth as long as The Belmont Stakes.
In other words, 500 shaftments is 0.03156566 times the length of The Belmont Stakes, and the length of The Belmont Stakes is 31.680 times that amount.
(Belmont Park, Elmont, New York) (total race length)
The total race length of the Belmont Stakes run at Belmont Park is 15,840 shaftments. It was during the 1974 Belmont Stakes that Secretariat set an America Grade 1 stakes record in winning by a distance of about 496 shaftments
It's about one-thirty-fifth as long as Steel Dragon 2000.
In other words, 500 shaftments is 0.03074 times the length of Steel Dragon 2000, and the length of Steel Dragon 2000 is 32.530 times that amount.
(a.k.a. スチールドラゴン2000) (Nagashima Span Land; Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, Japan)
The roller coaster Steel Dragon 2000 is 16,270 shaftments in length. It is one of only two operating "Gigacoasters" (meaning its height is between 600 shaftments and 798 shaftments) in the world, having a height of 636.50 shaftments.
It's about thirty times as tall as a Christmas Tree (artificial).
In other words, the height of a Christmas Tree (artificial) is 0.03 times 500 shaftments.
(artificial; average height)
The most common height of an artificial Christmas Tree is 15 shaftments. 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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It's about one-thirty-fifth as long as The National Mall.
In other words, the length of The National Mall is 30 times 500 shaftments.
(Washington, D.C.) (to Lincoln Memorial)
From the steps of the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall is 20,000 shaftments. On December 4th, 2008, the entirety of the Mall was declared open to the public for the first time in American history in anticipation of the estimated two million visitors to the Mall for the inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 20th, 2009.
It's about forty times as tall as André the Giant.
In other words, the height of André the Giant is 0.029 times 500 shaftments.
(Andr( Ren( Ruossimoff) (1946-1993) (wrestler and actor; WWE kayfabe height)
Andr& the Giant, who had a pituitary syndrome called acromegaly, was 14 shaftments tall. Prior to 1973, Roussimoff was billed as having a height of 14 shaftments and his true height is the subject of some dispute.
It's about forty times as tall as Shaq.
In other words, the height of Shaq is 0.029 times 500 shaftments.
(Shaquille O'Neal) (1972-) (professional basketball player, most famously of the Los Angeles Lakers)
Shaq is 14 shaftments tall. Shaq maintains an active interest in police work and has served as a reserve officer in both Los Angeles, California and Miami, Florida while playing for NBA franchises in those cities.