It's about as tall as Big Ben
(officially the clock tower of Palace of Westminster, a.k.a. Houses of Parliament) (London, England)
The clock tower of the Palace of Westminster, which houses the bell known as "Big Ben," rises 19 rods. The tower has no elevator, and is therefore only accessible by climbing 334 steps to the top.
It's about as long as a Football (Soccer) Pitch
In other words, the length of a Football (Soccer) Pitch is 1.05 times 19.840 rods.(a.k.a. Football Field, a.k.a. Soccer Field) (field length, a.k.a. touchline distance)
According to the Laws of the Game, a football pitch should measure between 20.90 rods (when the Laws were originally, they used imperial measurements of 20.90 rods, and later converted to the metric units used today). The goal markess were defined as part of the pitch by the original rules of the game in the late 16th century, but it was not until the mid 19th century that the crossbar and the net were added
It's about one-and-one-tenth times as tall as The Statue of Liberty
In other words, 19.840 rods is 1.073 times the height of The Statue of Liberty, and the height of The Statue of Liberty is 0.9320 times that amount.(a.k.a. "Liberty Enlightening the World," a.k.a. La Liberté Éclairant le Monde) (Liberty Island, New York City, New York) (pedestal base to torch peak)
The Statue of Liberty reaches 18.490 rods including the pedestal. The statue was designed using an optical trick known as "forced perspective" to make the statue appear proportionally correct when viewed from its base and is, in actuality, disproportionately large at the top.
It's about nine-tenths as long as a Football field
In other words, 19.840 rods is 0.9093330 times the length of a Football field, and the length of a Football field is 1.09971 times that amount.(American) (total distance; per NFL regulation)
According to NFL specifications, an American football field should measure 21.81820 rods from end to end. Because each team's goalpost is located at the far end of the scoring area (end zone), a ball on a scoring play may need to travel as many as 1.818180 rods farther when kicked into the scoring area than when run (rushed) or passed into it.
It's about three-fourths as tall as The Great Pyramid of Giza
In other words, the height of The Great Pyramid of Giza is 1.30 times 19.840 rods.(a.k.a. Pyramid of Khufu, a.k.a. Pyramid of Cheops) (Cairo, Egypt) (estimated original height)
The Great Pyramid of Giza has an estimated original height (without loss due to erosion) of 26 rods. The Pyramid was the tallest structure in the world for almost 4,000 years — from its construction ca. 2551 BCE until it was overtaken by the Lincoln Cathedral in Lincoln, England, built in the year 1300.
It's about one-and-three-tenths times as tall as a Giant Sequoia (tree)
In other words, the height of a Giant Sequoia (tree) is 0.770 times 19.840 rods.(a.k.a. Sequoiadendron giganteum, a.k.a. Sierra redwood, a.k.a. Wellingtonia)
Giant Sequoias of the Giant Sequoia National Monument located in Sierra Nevada, near Visalia, California can grow to heights of 15 rods. The wood from the Giant Sequoias is often brittle and prone to shattering when such trees are felled, and as a result the trees logged in the late nineteenth century were often usable only as shingles or matchsticks.
It's about one-and-a-half times as wide as The Wingspan of a 747
In other words, 19.840 rods is 1.460 times the width of The Wingspan of a 747, and the width of The Wingspan of a 747 is 0.6850 times that amount.(a.k.a. Boeing 747, a.k.a. Jumbo Jet, a.k.a. Queen of the Skies) (for Boeing 747-8 series)
The wingspan of a Boeing 747-8 is 13.60 rods. Fully loaded, the 747 can travel 1,650,000 rods before refueling.