It's about one-two-thousandth as tall as Olympus Mons.
In other words, 16 yards is 0.00054 times the height of Olympus Mons, and the height of Olympus Mons is 1,900 times that amount.(a.k.a. Mount Olympus) (Mars)
The tallest mountain in the solar system, Olympus Mons rises to approximately 30,000 yards. The mountain has been known to astronomers since the nineteenth century because it is tall enough to rise above Mars' frequent dust storms.
It's about one-six-thousandth as long as The Panama Canal.
In other words, 16 yards is 0.00017 times the length of The Panama Canal, and the length of The Panama Canal is 5,900 times that amount.(Canal de Panamá) (Panama)
Connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans across the Isthmus of Panama, the Canal measures 96,000 yards in length. Ships passing through the Canal are raised (and then lowered) 28 yards above sea level through the lock-and-dam system.
It's about one-seven-thousand-five-hundredth as long as The English Channel.
In other words, 16 yards is 0.000137 times the length of The English Channel, and the length of The English Channel is 7,300 times that amount.(average width between Isle of Ushant and The Walde Lighthouse) (La Manche, Ärmelkanal, Mor Breizh, Mor Bretannek) (a.k.a. The Channel)
The English Channel measures between 117,000 yards, narrowing as it flows northeast. The world speed record for a Channel crossing by swimmer was set by Australian Trent Grimsey in 2012, with a time of 6 hours, 55 minutes.
It's about one-eight-thousandth as long as The 405.
In other words, 16 yards is 0.00012554 times the length of The 405, and the length of The 405 is 7,965.60 times that amount.(a.k.a. I-405, Interstate 405, San DIego Freeway) (Southern California)
Running from Irvine to San Fernando, The 405 runs a total of 127,450 yards. The 405 is the most heavily-trafficed freeway in the United States, with an average speed as low as 8 kph during rush hours.
It's about one-eight-thousand-five-hundredth as long as Hadrian's Wall.
In other words, the length of Hadrian's Wall is 8,300 times 16 yards.(a.k.a. Roman Wall, a.k.a. The Wall, a.k.a. Vallo di Adriano, a.k.a. Vallum Aelium, a.k.a. Severus' Wall) (from North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom to Cumbria, North West England, United Kingdom)
Hadrian's Wall, which crossed England form the North Sea to the Irish Sea during the time of Roman rule, measures 130,000 yards (about 79 Roman miles). Roman soldiers — at one time up to 10,000 of them — only occupied Great Britain for about 246 years after the wall was built, after which time the local Brits began to take residence the wall's garrisons.
It's about 8,500 times as long as a Strand of Spaghetti (thickness).
In other words, the length of a Strand of Spaghetti (thickness) is 0.00012 times 16 yards.(average; restaurant and supermarket applications) (based on FMA Omcan Italian Made TR50 Counter Top Pasta Machine Extruder 13317)
An average strand of restaurant-grade spaghetti measures 0.0019 yards in thickness. In 2010, a California Buca di Beppo set a world record by preparing a 13,780-lb bowl of spaghetti, served in a swimming pool.
It's about 10,000 times as long as a Grain of Sand.
In other words, 16 yards is 11,700 times the length of a Grain of Sand, and the length of a Grain of Sand is 0.00008550 times that amount.(medium grain)
Composed mainly of quartz, mica, feldspar, or magnetite, a grain of sand measures an average of 0.00137 yards. In 2007, a team of seven in Myrtle Beach created the world's tallest sandcastle, which measured 16.50 yards in height.