It's about one-seventy-fifth as tall as The Hollywood Sign
In other words, the height of The Hollywood Sign is 77 times 0.0398 rods.(a.k.a. Hollywoodland Sign) (Mount Lee, Hollywood Hills, Santa Monica Mountains, California)
Each of the white letters in the Hollywood Sign measures 3 rods tall. Built as an advertisement in 1923, the sign was intended to stand for only eighteen months.
It's about one-ninety-fifth as long as a Bowling Lane
In other words, 0.0398 rods is 0.010449 times the length of a Bowling Lane, and the length of a Bowling Lane is 95.7030 times that amount.(USBC specifications; tenpin; including pin deck)
According to the United States Bowling Congress specifications, a tenpin bowling lane should measure 3.8090 rods. In a Professional Bowling Association game, the lane must be lubricated by about 25 ml (0.85 fl. oz) of oil.
It's about one-one-hundredth as long as a Cricket Pitch
In other words, 0.0398 rods is 0.00995 times the length of a Cricket Pitch, and the length of a Cricket Pitch is 100.5030 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 4 rods. The wickets at either end of the pitch stand 0.1431640 rods tall including the bails.
It's about 100 times as long as a Strand of Spaghetti (thickness)
In other words, 0.0398 rods is 120 times the length of a Strand of Spaghetti (thickness), and the length of a Strand of Spaghetti (thickness) is 0.0083 times that amount.(average; restaurant and supermarket applications) (based on FMA Omcan Italian Made TR50 Counter Top Pasta Machine Extruder 13317)
An average strand of restaurant-grade spaghetti measures 0.00034 rods in thickness. In 2010, a California Buca di Beppo set a world record by preparing a 13,780-lb bowl of spaghetti, served in a swimming pool.
It's about one-one-hundred-fiftieth as long as Baseball base distances
In other words, 0.0398 rods is 0.0072967 times the length of Baseball base distances, and the length of Baseball base distances is 137.05 times that amount.(MLB Official Baseball Rules specification)
According to MLB Official Baseball Rules, the distance between baseball diamond bases is 5.45450 rods. While second and home base are located upon the corners of the 27.432 sq. m area created by the bases, first and third base are placed within that square, to better allow the umpires to judge whether a ball is fair or foul.
It's about 150 times as long as a Grain of Sand
In other words, the length of a Grain of Sand is 0.00625 times 0.0398 rods.(medium grain)
Composed mainly of quartz, mica, feldspar, or magnetite, a grain of sand measures an average of 0.000249 rods. In 2007, a team of seven in Myrtle Beach created the world's tallest sandcastle, which measured 3 rods in height.
It's about one-two-hundredth as long as Ha'Penny Bridge
In other words, 0.0398 rods is 0.00467 times the length of Ha'Penny Bridge, and the length of Ha'Penny Bridge is 214 times that amount.(a.k.a. Droichead na Leathphingine, a.k.a. Liffey Bridge, a.k.a. Droichead na Life, f.k.a. Wellington Bridge) (Quay of Bachelors Walk, Temple Bar Neighborhood, Dublin, Ireland)
The Ha'Penny Bridge, crossing the River Liffey in Dublin, measures 8.530 rods in total length. Over 30,000 pedestrians cross the breach each day.