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How long is 144 hands?

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It's about as long as a Semitrailer.
(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Transportation (DOT), the maximum allowable length of a semitrailer pulled by a road tractor truck is 144 hands (unless superseded by state law). These regulations also allow the vehicles to tow up to 36,000 kg in gross weight.
It's about as tall as The Hollywood Sign.
In other words, the height of The Hollywood Sign is 1 times 144 hands.
(a.k.a. Hollywoodland Sign) (Mount Lee, Hollywood Hills, Santa Monica Mountains, California)
Each of the white letters in the Hollywood Sign measures 150 hands tall. Built as an advertisement in 1923, the sign was intended to stand for only eighteen months.
It's about one-and-one-tenth times as tall as a Brachiosaurus.
In other words, the height of a Brachiosaurus is 0.910 times 144 hands.
(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 130 hands. 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 one-and-three-tenths times as tall as a Telephone Pole.
In other words, the height of a Telephone Pole is 0.770 times 144 hands.
(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 110 hands 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 three-fourths as long as a Bowling Lane.
In other words, 144 hands is 0.763750 times the length of a Bowling Lane, and the length of a Bowling Lane is 1.30930 times that amount.
(USBC specifications; tenpin; including pin deck)
According to the United States Bowling Congress specifications, a tenpin bowling lane should measure 188.540 hands. In a Professional Bowling Association game, the lane must be lubricated by about 25 ml (0.85 fl. oz) of oil.
It's about three-fourths as long as a Cricket Pitch.
In other words, 144 hands is 0.7272730 times the length of a Cricket Pitch, and the length of a Cricket Pitch is 1.3750 times that amount.
(per Marylebone Cricket Council / International Cricket Council Law #6)
The length of a cricket pitch, from one bowling crease to the other, is 198 hands. The wickets at either end of the pitch stand 7.08661 hands tall including the bails.
It's about one-and-three-fourths times as long as a London bus.
In other words, the length of a London bus is 0.5710 times 144 hands.
(Routemaster Double-Decker, RM standard specification)
The Routemaster Double-Decker buses, well-known as icons of London, measure 82.50 hands 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.