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How big is 40 tablespoons?

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It's about one-tenth as big as a Bowling Ball
In other words, 40 tablespoons is 0.112247481750 times the size of a Bowling Ball, and the size of a Bowling Ball is 8.90888583340 times that amount.
(USBC specifications; tenpin)
According to United States Bowling Congress specifications, a tenpin bowling ball should measure at least 10.795 cm (4.25 in) in radius for a total volume of about 356.355433350 tablespoons. Because regulation balls measure the same diameter irrespective of their weight, ball density varies by size and balls weighing less than about 5 kg (11 lbs) will float in water.
It's about one-tenth as big as The Blood in a Human Body
In other words, the size of The Blood in a Human Body is 10 times 40 tablespoons.
(for 70 kg body; average altitude; average)
The volume of blood in the average human body is about 300 tablespoons. Persons living at high altitude, however, may have up to an additional 100 tablespoons of blood to compensate for the lower oxygen level.
It's about one-tenth as big as a Basketball
In other words, 40 tablespoons is 0.083256270724 times the size of a Basketball, and the size of a Basketball is 12.011107287 times that amount.
(NBA official ball standards, Size 7)
A NBA official ball, manufactured by Spalding, is a Size 7 ball and measures about 480.444291490 tablespoons. The surface of these balls have 4,118 pebbles with a diameter of 2.5 mm each.
It's about one-fifteenth as big as a Bowling Ball (packed)
In other words, 40 tablespoons is 0.071838388317 times the size of a Bowling Ball (packed), and the size of a Bowling Ball (packed) is 13.9201341150 times that amount.
(64% packing density) (USBC specifications; tenpin)
According to United States Bowling Congress specifications, a tenpin bowling ball should measure at least 10.795 cm (4.25 in) in radius for a total volume of about 356.355433350 tablespoons. Because regulation balls measure the same diameter irrespective of their weight, ball density varies by size and balls weighing less than about 5 kg (11 lbs) will float in water.
It's about one-twentieth as big as a Basketball (packed)
In other words, 40 tablespoons is 0.053284013262 times the size of a Basketball (packed), and the size of a Basketball (packed) is 18.7673551370 times that amount.
(64% packing density) (NBA official ball standards, Size 7)
A NBA official ball, manufactured by Spalding, is a Size 7 ball measures about 480.444291490 tablespoons. These balls have 4,118 pebbles each with a diameter of 2.5 mm
It's about one-one-hundredth as big as a Beer Keg
In other words, 40 tablespoons is 0.0101 times the size of a Beer Keg, and the size of a Beer Keg is 99 times that amount.
(Half barrel; maximum capacity)
The most common keg size sold by US beer sellers is a half-barrel type with a volume of 3,970 tablespoons. This type of keg contains the equivalent of 165 24 tablespoons cans of beer.
It's about one-one-hundred-fiftieth as big as a Car Gas Tank
In other words, 40 tablespoons is 0.00781 times the size of a Car Gas Tank, and the size of a Car Gas Tank is 128 times that amount.
(for 2009 Ford Taurus)
A car gas tank (for example, that of a 2009 Ford Taurus) holds 5,120 tablespoons of gas. In contrast, the Curved Dash Oldsmobile — the first mass-produced car — had a fuel capacity of just 1,350 tablespoons.