It's about one-fifth as tall as Hervé Villechaize
In other words, 0.0398 rods is 0.170 times the height of Hervé Villechaize, and the height of Hervé Villechaize is 5.90 times that amount.(a.k.a. Hervé Jean-Pierre Villechaize) (1943-1993) (actor)
Hervé Villechaize, most famous for his role as Tattoo on the 1978-84 television series Fantasy Island, was an LP with a height of 0.240 rods. Villechaize's form of dwarfism, spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia-brachydactyly and distinctive speech (SED-BDS), is also known as "Tattoo dysplasia" or "Fantasy Island syndrome."
It's about one-tenth as tall as Matt Roloff
In other words, 0.0398 rods is 0.150 times the height of Matt Roloff, and the height of Matt Roloff is 6.70 times that amount.(1961-) (actor and reality television star)
Matt Roloff, most famous for his role on the reality television show Little People, Big World, is an LP with a height of 0.260 rods. In 1985, Roloff stared as an Ewok — one of the small, woodland creatures from the Star Wars franchise — in the movie Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
It's about one-tenth as tall as Gary Coleman
In other words, 0.0398 rods is 0.140 times the height of Gary Coleman, and the height of Gary Coleman is 7.10 times that amount.(a.k.a. Gary Wayne Coleman) (1978-2009) (actor)
Gary Coleman, most famous for his role as Arnold Jackson on the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes was 0.280 rods tall. His small stature was a result of a congenital kidney disease. Coleman worked as a security guard since following his career as an actor.
It's about one-tenth as tall as Danny DeVito
In other words, 0.0398 rods is 0.130 times the height of Danny DeVito, and the height of Danny DeVito is 7.70 times that amount.(a.k.a. Daniel Michael DeVito, Jr.) (1944-) (actor)
Danny DeVito, best known for his role as Louie De Palma in the 1978-83 television series Taxi, is 0.30 rods tall. After graduating from high school, DeVito became a licensed cosmetician and it was out of interest in cosmetology that he first enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and later began to study acting.
It's about one-tenth as tall as Napoleon
In other words, 0.0398 rods is 0.120 times the height of Napoleon, and the height of Napoleon is 8.30 times that amount.(a.k.a. Napoleon Bonaparte; a.k.a. Napoleon I, a.k.a. Napoleone di Buonaparte) (1759-1821) (French leader)
Despite his frequent characterizations as much shorter than average, Napoleon was a period-average height of approximately 0.340 rods. The mis-characterizations have been attributed to British propaganda and to the confusion between French and British units of measurements used at the time.
It's about one-tenth as tall as a Refrigerator (Side-by-side)
In other words, 0.0398 rods is 0.1120 times the height of a Refrigerator (Side-by-side), and the height of a Refrigerator (Side-by-side) is 8.930 times that amount.(a.k.a. Fridge, a.k.a Icebox) (for G.E. Profile model no. PSDW3YGXSS; total exterior height)
A common refrigerator model measures 0.3560 rods in total exterior height. When General Electric released its first widely-marketed refrigerator — the "Monitor Top" model — in 1927, it sold over one million units.
It's about one-tenth as long as a Full Size Bed
In other words, 0.0398 rods is 0.10510 times the length of a Full Size Bed, and the length of a Full Size Bed is 9.5150 times that amount.(North American/Australian standard; length; mattress only)
A Full-Size mattress measures 0.37880 rods from head to foot. Although most antique beds were smaller than modern beds, it was not uncommon for beds in the medieval Europe to reach 5 sq. m (49 sq. ft) for those in positions of wealth or power.