It's about nine-tenths as tall as a Giraffe.
It's about one-and-one-third times as long as a Beetle (Volkswagen).
In other words, 216 inches is 1.3450 times the length of a Beetle (Volkswagen), and the length of a Beetle (Volkswagen) is 0.74350 times that amount.(1964 model) (a.k.a. Volkswagen 1200, a.k.a. Käfer)
A 1964 Volkswagen Beetle measures 160.60 inches. 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, 216 inches is 0.6550 times the length of a London bus, and the length of a London bus is 1.530 times that amount.(Routemaster Double-Decker, RM standard specification)
The Routemaster Double-Decker buses, well-known as icons of London, measure 330 inches 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, the height of a Telephone Pole is 2 times 216 inches.(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 430 inches 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, 216 inches is 0.420 times the height of a Brachiosaurus, and the height of a Brachiosaurus is 2.40 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 510 inches. 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, the height of a Christmas Tree (artificial) is 0.420 times 216 inches.(artificial; average height)
The most common height of an artificial Christmas Tree is 91 inches. 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, the height of André the Giant is 0.40 times 216 inches.(Andr( Ren( Ruossimoff) (1946-1993) (wrestler and actor; WWE kayfabe height)
Andr& the Giant, who had a pituitary syndrome called acromegaly, was 87 inches tall. Prior to 1973, Roussimoff was billed as having a height of 83 inches and his true height is the subject of some dispute.