It's about as tall as a Giraffe.
It's about nine-tenths as long as a London bus.
In other words, 879 barleycorns is 0.888 times the length of a London bus, and the length of a London bus is 1.13 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 two-thirds as tall as a Telephone Pole.
In other words, the height of a Telephone Pole is 1.5 times 879 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 three-fifths as tall as a Brachiosaurus.
In other words, 879 barleycorns is 0.57 times the height of a Brachiosaurus, and the height of a Brachiosaurus is 1.8 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 one-and-four-fifths times as long as a Beetle (Volkswagen).
In other words, 879 barleycorns is 1.825 times the length of a Beetle (Volkswagen), and the length of a Beetle (Volkswagen) is 0.5479 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 half as long as a Semitrailer.
In other words, 879 barleycorns is 0.5087 times the length of a Semitrailer, and the length of a Semitrailer is 1.966 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 1,728 barleycorns (unless superseded by state law). These regulations also allow the vehicles to tow up to 36,000 kg in gross weight.
It's about half as tall as The Hollywood Sign.
In other words, the height of The Hollywood Sign is 2 times 879 barleycorns.(a.k.a. Hollywoodland Sign) (Mount Lee, Hollywood Hills, Santa Monica Mountains, California)
Each of the white letters in the Hollywood Sign measures 1,800 barleycorns tall. Built as an advertisement in 1923, the sign was intended to stand for only eighteen months.