It's about as tall as a Giraffe
In other words, 658.420 barleycorns is 0.98 times the height of a Giraffe, and the height of a Giraffe is 1 times that amount.(Giraffa camelopardalis) (Adult, average)
An adult giraffe may grow to be up to 710 barleycorns tall. Adult giraffes require very little sleep, averaging just 1.9 hours per day.
It's about one-and-two-fifths times as long as a Beetle (Volkswagen)
In other words, 658.420 barleycorns is 1.367 times the length of a Beetle (Volkswagen), and the length of a Beetle (Volkswagen) is 0.7315 times that amount.(1964 model) (a.k.a. Volkswagen 1200, a.k.a. Käfer)
A 1964 Volkswagen Beetle measures 481.80 barleycorns. As the longest continuously-produced automobile design — in production for 75 years between 1938 and 2003 — the Beetle was voted the most fourth-most influential car of the twentieth century by the Global Automotive Elections Foundation.
It's about two-thirds as long as a London bus
In other words, 658.420 barleycorns is 0.665 times the length of a London bus, and the length of a London bus is 1.5 times that amount.(Routemaster Double-Decker, RM standard specification)
The Routemaster Double-Decker buses, well-known as icons of London, measure 990 barleycorns in length. The buses were said to be well-designed for travel in the London traffic, as they offered an open door for riders to board and exit even while the bus was moving at low speeds, and a full-time conductor to collect fares.
It's about half as tall as a Telephone Pole
In other words, 658.420 barleycorns is 0.51 times the height of a Telephone Pole, and the height of a Telephone Pole is 2 times that amount.(a.k.a. Utility Pole, a.k.a Power Pole, a.k.a. Telegraph Pole, a.k.a. Telegraph Post, a.k.a. Hydro Pole) (exposed height; per Florida Public Service Commission average)
A standard telephone pole is 1,300 barleycorns tall. Despite alternatives, most telephone poles in the US are made of wood — most commonly pine — and have a lifespan of 25 to 50 years, depending on climate and preservatives applied.
It's about two-fifths as tall as a Brachiosaurus
In other words, 658.420 barleycorns is 0.43 times the height of a Brachiosaurus, and the height of a Brachiosaurus is 2.3 times that amount.(based on comparable bone measurements, height to head)
Dinosaurs in the genus Brachiosaurus had an estimated height (at the head with neck fully extended) of up to 1,500 barleycorns. A resin cast of the first Brachiosaurus specimen, owned by the Field Museum in Chicago, is currently on display at the O'Hare International Airport.
It's about two-and-a-half times as tall as a Christmas Tree (artificial)
In other words, 658.420 barleycorns is 2.4 times the height of a Christmas Tree (artificial), and the height of a Christmas Tree (artificial) is 0.42 times that amount.(artificial; average height)
The most common height of an artificial Christmas Tree is 270 barleycorns. According to the most recent USDA Census of Agriculture, a total of 1,389.59 sq. km (343,374 acres) of Christmas Trees were farmed in the US in 2007.
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It's about two-and-a-half times as tall as André the Giant
In other words, 658.420 barleycorns is 2.5 times the height of André the Giant, and the height of André the Giant is 0.4 times that amount.(Andr( Ren( Ruossimoff) (1946-1993) (wrestler and actor; WWE kayfabe height)
Andr& the Giant, who had a pituitary syndrome called acromegaly, was 260 barleycorns tall. Prior to 1973, Roussimoff was billed as having a height of 250 barleycorns and his true height is the subject of some dispute.