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How big is 40 tablespoons?

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It's about fourteen-and-a-half times as big as a Golf Ball
In other words, 40 tablespoons is 14.5380290 times the size of a Golf Ball, and the size of a Golf Ball is 0.068785115 times that amount.
(per R&A-USGA Rules of Golf)
According to the Rules of Golf (as approved by the United States Golf Association and the Rules Committee of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of Saint Andrews), a golf ball must have a volume of at least 2.75137940 tablespoons. Golf balls are not required to have the familiar dimpled pattern, but the design has been popular since its invention in 1905 because it reduces drag while increasing lift.
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 twenty times as big as a Marshmallow
In other words, the size of a Marshmallow is 0.05 times 40 tablespoons.
A regular marshmallow measures about 2 tablespoons. In the 1984 movie Ghostbusters, a monster known as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man was a fictional mascot of a marshmallow company, brought to life by supernatural forces and made gigantic — measuring 34.3 m tall in this form.
It's about 60 times as big as a Gumball (packed)
In other words, 40 tablespoons is 59 times the size of a Gumball (packed), and the size of a Gumball (packed) is 0.017 times that amount.
(64% packing density) (commercial-grade vending machine standard size)
The standard size gumball for a commercial grade vending machine has a volume of 0.610 tablespoons. Walter Diemer, an accountant at the Fleer Company in Philadelphia, is the man responsible for bubblegum's traditional pink color, as pink was the only food coloring in the company's factory when he made his first successful batch of gum.
It's about 65 times as big as a Gumball
In other words, the size of a Gumball is 0.015 times 40 tablespoons.
(commercial-grade vending machine standard size)
The standard size gumball for a commercial grade vending machine has a volume of 0.610 tablespoons. Walter Diemer, an accountant at the Fleer Company in Philadelphia, is the man responsible for bubblegum's traditional pink color, as pink was the only food coloring in the company's factory when he made his first successful batch of gum.
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.