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How long is 838 centimeters?

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It's about as long as a London bus.
(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 as tall as a Giraffe.
(Giraffa camelopardalis) (Adult, average)
An adult giraffe may grow to be up to 600 centimeters tall. Adult giraffes require very little sleep, averaging just 1.9 hours per day.
It's about three-fourths as tall as a Telephone Pole.
In other words, the height of a Telephone Pole is 1.3 times 838 centimeters.
(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 1,100 centimeters 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-thirds as tall as a Brachiosaurus.
In other words, the height of a Brachiosaurus is 1.6 times 838 centimeters.
(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 1,300 centimeters. 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 three-fifths as long as a Semitrailer.
In other words, 838 centimeters is 0.5728 times the length of a Semitrailer, and the length of a Semitrailer is 1.746 times that amount.
(a.k.a. semi-trailer truck, a.k.a. semi, a.k.a. tractor-trailer, a.k.a. truck and trailer, a.k.a. eighteen-wheeler, a.k.a. big rig, a.k.a. Mack truck, a.k.a. transport, a.k.a. lorry, a.k.a. artic; for box truck; United States Federal length limits)
According to the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), the maximum allowable length of a semitrailer pulled by a road tractor truck is 1,463 centimeters (unless superseded by state law). These regulations also allow the vehicles to tow up to 36,000 kg in gross weight.
It's about three-fifths as tall as The Hollywood Sign.
In other words, 838 centimeters is 0.56 times the height of The Hollywood Sign, and the height of The Hollywood Sign is 1.8 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Hollywoodland Sign) (Mount Lee, Hollywood Hills, Santa Monica Mountains, California)
Each of the white letters in the Hollywood Sign measures 1,500 centimeters tall. Built as an advertisement in 1923, the sign was intended to stand for only eighteen months.
It's about two times as long as a Beetle (Volkswagen).
In other words, 838 centimeters is 2.054 times the length of a Beetle (Volkswagen), and the length of a Beetle (Volkswagen) is 0.4869 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.