Bluebulb Projects presents:
The Measure of Things Logo
Enter a measurement to see comparisons


Equivalents in other units


How long is 16 yards?

Sort Order:
Closest first | Highest first | Lowest first

It's about 8,500 times as wide as a Strand of Spaghetti
In other words, the width of a Strand of Spaghetti 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.
It's about one-thirty-thousandth as long as The Grand Canyon
In other words, 16 yards is 0.00003280 times the length of The Grand Canyon, and the length of The Grand Canyon is 30,500 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Gran Cañón) (Arizona) (Colorado River miles measure)
The Grand Canyon has a total length of 488,000 yards along the course of the Colorado River at its bottom. Having opened in early 2007, the Grand Canyon Skywalk allows tourists to stand on a horseshoe-shaped glass walkway 1,200 yards above the floor of Granite Gorge.
It's about one-ninety-thousandth as long as The Rhine
In other words, 16 yards is 0.00001110 times the length of The Rhine, and the length of The Rhine is 90,100 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Rhein, a.k.a. Rijn, a.k.a. Rhin, a.k.a. Rain, a.k.a. Reno, a.k.a. Rhenus, a.k.a. Ryn) (from near Reichenau, Switzerland through Hoek van Holland, Rotterdam, Netherlands)
The Rhine river runs 1,440,000 yards in total length. The World War II Battle of Arnhem, as memorialized in the 1974 book and 1977 movie A Bridge Too Far, was the first of several attempts to capture key bridges across the Rhine, beginning with the Arnhem Bridge in the Netherlands.
It's about 100,000 times as tall as a sheet of Paper
In other words, the height of a sheet of Paper is 0.00001000 times 16 yards.
(for US Letter, a.k.a. ANSI A; 215.9mm by 279.4mm (8.5 in x 11 in); 20lb)
A single sheet of 20 lb, 8.5 inch x 11 inch paper is just 0.0001 yards thick. This style of paper weighs a mere 5 g per sheet.
It's about 150,000 times as wide as a Strand of Hair
In other words, the width of a Strand of Hair is 0.00000670 times 16 yards.
(average)
A strand of human hair averages 99 µm (micrometers), with blond hair being the finest and black hair the thickest. On a healthy scalp, each strand of hair will last up to 6 years.
It's about one-one-hundred-fifty-thousandth as long as The Colorado River
In other words, 16 yards is 0.000006280 times the length of The Colorado River, and the length of The Colorado River is 159,000 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Aha Kwahwat, a.k.a. Grand River, a.k.a. Tizon River, a.k.a. Tecon River, a.k.a. Tison River) (from Grand Lake, Colorado through the Gulf of California)
The Colorado River runs 2,550,000 yards in length. Along this length, the river descends from its source, approximately 3,010 yards above sea level in the Rocky Mountains, to its mouth in the Gulf of California.