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How long is 473 centimeters?

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It's about one-and-one-fifth times as long as a Beetle (Volkswagen).
In other words, 473 centimeters is 1.16 times the length of a Beetle (Volkswagen), and the length of a Beetle (Volkswagen) is 0.8621 times that amount.
(1964 model) (a.k.a. Volkswagen 1200, a.k.a. Käfer)
A 1964 Volkswagen Beetle measures 407.9 centimeters. 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 four-fifths as tall as a Giraffe.
In other words, the height of a Giraffe is 1 times 473 centimeters.
(Giraffa camelopardalis) (Adult, average)
An adult giraffe may grow to be up to 6 m tall. Adult giraffes require very little sleep, averaging just 1.9 hours per day.
It's about three-fifths as long as a London bus.
In other words, 473 centimeters is 0.564 times the length of a London bus, and the length of a London bus is 1.77 times that amount.
(Routemaster Double-Decker, RM standard specification)
The Routemaster Double-Decker buses, well-known as icons of London, measure 838 centimeters 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 two times as tall as a Christmas Tree (artificial).
In other words, 473 centimeters is 2.1 times the height of a Christmas Tree (artificial), and the height of a Christmas Tree (artificial) is 0.48 times that amount.
(artificial; average height)
The most common height of an artificial Christmas Tree is 2.3 m. 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 times as tall as Shaq.
In other words, 473 centimeters is 2.2 times the height of Shaq, and the height of Shaq is 0.45 times that amount.
(Shaquille O'Neal) (1972-) (professional basketball player, most famously of the Los Angeles Lakers)
Shaq is 2.2 m tall. Shaq maintains an active interest in police work and has served as a reserve officer in both Los Angeles, California and Miami, Florida while playing for NBA franchises in those cities.
It's about two times as tall as André the Giant.
In other words, 473 centimeters is 2.2 times the height of André the Giant, and the height of André the Giant is 0.45 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 2.2 m tall. Prior to 1973, Roussimoff was billed as having a height of 2.1 m and his true height is the subject of some dispute.
It's about two-fifths as tall as a Telephone Pole.
In other words, 473 centimeters is 0.43 times the height of a Telephone Pole, and the height of a Telephone Pole is 2.3 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 11 m 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.