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How long is 42 paces?

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It's about one-and-one-fifth times as long as Baseball base distances.
In other words, 42 paces is 1.1667 times the length of Baseball base distances, and the length of Baseball base distances is 0.85712 times that amount.
(MLB Official Baseball Rules specification)
According to MLB Official Baseball Rules, the distance between baseball diamond bases is 36 paces. 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 two-thirds as tall as The Chicago Water Tower.
In other words, 42 paces is 0.682 times the height of The Chicago Water Tower, and the height of The Chicago Water Tower is 1.47 times that amount.
(Chicago, Illinois)
The Chicago Water Tower is 61.5 paces tall. The tower's architecture was one source of inspiration behind the design of White Castle fast-food restaurants beginning with "Building Number 8," a prefabricated structure built in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1936.
It's about two-thirds as tall as The Arc de Triomphe.
In other words, the height of The Arc de Triomphe is 1.5 times 42 paces.
(Paris, France)
The Arc de Triomphe stands 64 paces tall. France's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the First World War lies beneath the arch and is commemorated by the first eternal flame to have been lit in modern European history.
It's about one-and-three-fifths times as long as a Cricket pitch.
In other words, 42 paces is 1.59091 times the length of a Cricket pitch, and the length of a Cricket pitch is 0.628571 times that amount.
(per Marylebone Cricket Council / International Cricket Council Law #7)
The length of a cricket pitch is 26.4 paces. The wickets at either end of the pitch stand 0.944882 paces tall including the bails.
It's about three-fifths as tall as Nelson's Column.
In other words, 42 paces is 0.6198 times the height of Nelson's Column, and the height of Nelson's Column is 1.613 times that amount.
(London, England, United Kingdom) (from pedestal first step to tip of statue's hat)
Nelson's Column measures 67.77 paces from the first step of the pedestal's base to the top of the statue's hat. While the London tower is the tallest, there are at least eight other monuments to Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, and Barbados.
It's about one-and-two-thirds times as long as a Bowling Lane.
In other words, 42 paces is 1.6707 times the length of a Bowling Lane, and the length of a Bowling Lane is 0.59855 times that amount.
(USBC specifications; tenpin; including pin deck)
According to the United States Bowling Congress specifications, a tenpin bowling lane should measure 25.139 paces. In a Professional Bowling Association game, the lane must be lubricated by about 25 ml (0.85 fl. oz) of oil.
It's about three-fifths as tall as The Leaning Tower of Pisa.
In other words, 42 paces is 0.567 times the height of The Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the height of The Leaning Tower of Pisa is 1.76 times that amount.
(a.k.a. The Tower of Pisa, a.k.a. Torre pendente di Pisa) (Pisa, Italy) (height along center axis)
The Leaning Tower of Pisa stands 74 paces tall along the angle of its lean. In May of 2008, in an successful effort to stabilize the tower, 70 tonnes of earth were removed from the tower's base on the side opposite the lean.