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How long is 654.21 barleycorns?

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It's about nine-tenths as tall as a Giraffe.
In other words, the height of a Giraffe is 1 times 654.21 barleycorns.
(Giraffa camelopardalis) (Adult, average)
An adult giraffe may grow to be up to 700 barleycorns tall. Adult giraffes require very little sleep, averaging just 1.9 hours per day.
It's about one-and-one-third times as long as a Beetle (Volkswagen).
In other words, 654.21 barleycorns is 1.358 times the length of a Beetle (Volkswagen), and the length of a Beetle (Volkswagen) is 0.7364 times that amount.
(1964 model) (a.k.a. Volkswagen 1200, a.k.a. Käfer)
A 1964 Volkswagen Beetle measures 481.8 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, 654.21 barleycorns is 0.661 times the length of a London bus, and the length of a London bus is 1.51 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, the height of a Telephone Pole is 2 times 654.21 barleycorns.
(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, 654.21 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, the height of a Christmas Tree (artificial) is 0.42 times 654.21 barleycorns.
(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 Shaq.
In other words, the height of Shaq is 0.4 times 654.21 barleycorns.
(Shaquille O'Neal) (1972-) (professional basketball player, most famously of the Los Angeles Lakers)
Shaq is 260 barleycorns 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.