It's about 9,000 times as tall as a Telephone Pole.
In other words, 480 furlongs is 8,800 times the height of a Telephone Pole, and the height of a Telephone Pole is 0.00011 times that amount.(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 0.055 furlongs 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 10,000 times as long as a London bus.
In other words, 480 furlongs is 11,500 times the length of a London bus, and the length of a London bus is 0.0000870 times that amount.(Routemaster Double-Decker, RM standard specification)
The Routemaster Double-Decker buses, well-known as icons of London, measure 0.0417 furlongs 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 20,000 times as tall as a Giraffe.
It's about 25,000 times as long as a Beetle (Volkswagen).
In other words, 480 furlongs is 23,670 times the length of a Beetle (Volkswagen), and the length of a Beetle (Volkswagen) is 0.000042250 times that amount.(1964 model) (a.k.a. Volkswagen 1200, a.k.a. Käfer)
A 1964 Volkswagen Beetle measures 0.02028 furlongs. 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 40,000 times as tall as a Christmas Tree (artificial).
In other words, 480 furlongs is 42,000 times the height of a Christmas Tree (artificial), and the height of a Christmas Tree (artificial) is 0.0000240 times that amount.(artificial; average height)
The most common height of an artificial Christmas Tree is 0.011 furlongs. 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 45,000 times as tall as André the Giant.
In other words, the height of André the Giant is 0.0000230 times 480 furlongs.(Andr( Ren( Ruossimoff) (1946-1993) (wrestler and actor; WWE kayfabe height)
Andr& the Giant, who had a pituitary syndrome called acromegaly, was 0.011 furlongs tall. Prior to 1973, Roussimoff was billed as having a height of 0.01 furlongs and his true height is the subject of some dispute.
It's about 45,000 times as tall as Shaq.
In other words, the height of Shaq is 0.0000230 times 480 furlongs.(Shaquille O'Neal) (1972-) (professional basketball player, most famously of the Los Angeles Lakers)
Shaq is 0.011 furlongs 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.