30+ Objects That Are Actually Way Bigger Than You Ever Thought
1. What This Comet Would Look Like Landing on Los Angeles
Sometimes, all you need is a little perspective to understand your place in this universe. The truth is that a lot of items that you see in the movies, on television, or on the internet can seem more normal-sized than they actually are. Here are some photos of objects with surprisingly massive size with some common items next to them to show perspective.
At about 3 kilometers — or almost 2 miles — wide, the 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko comet could easily entirely destroy Los Angeles. Chances are there would be no trace of the city left. Weighing in at over 10 billion tons, you can be sure that it would make an earth-altering impact. Fortunately, it doesn’t look like it’s headed our way.
2. The Only Match You Need For Your Next Bonfire
If you could manage to get this match lit, chances are you wouldn’t need much help getting a bigger fire going. How do you manage to strike a match this large?
Does it come in a box where you can just strike the side to get a flame? However, if you light it, watch out. This is a flame that could get out of control fast!
3. How Big Was the Iceberg That Sunk The Titanic?
While the iceberg that sunk the Titanic was reported to be anywhere from 50 to 100 feet tall, keep in mind that the part of the iceberg below the water can be up to five times larger.
That is like a five to ten-story building above the water, and a skyscraper floating below the surface. No wonder things ended so tragically for the Titanic.
4. Hello Out There!
The China Sky Eye is the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world. It’s also the world’s most sensitive listening device, so if there are other worlds out there trying to communicate with us, chances are the Sky Eye would be listening.
From planning to completion, the project took about eight years and over $171 million. It contains 4,450 individual panels that search the skies for signs of extraterrestrial contact.
5. The Amazing Lung Capacity of Horses
If you’ve ever watched a racehorse speed around a track, you might wonder how it is physically possible. Aside from their body musculature, horses also have a phenomenal capacity to run because of the air their lungs are capable of moving.
With an average lung capacity of 55 meters, which is almost 10 times that of humans, they are biologically designed for impressive cardio feats.
6. I’m yelling, “Timber!”
Maybe you’ve seen driftwood before, but probably not an entire driftwood tree. This tree has probably been bouncing around in the ocean for a while.
Even if it had just fallen in a forest, the roots of this tree show that it’s an impressive size. Maybe whales in the ocean used it for a game of water fetch.
7. Here’s a Little Something for Your Nightmares
Just in case you’ve ever wondered what the largest known flying animal looks like, now you know. This model of a Quetzalcoatlus Northropi from the Late Cretaceous period could have a wingspan in excess of 30 feet, based on fossils found throughout North America.
If it hadn’t become extinct, there’s no doubt that it would have made a serious dent in the human population.
8. The World’s Most Congested Traffic Needs the World’s Biggest Control Room
Beijing’s population and traffic have been growing for decades. When the Olympics were held there in 2008, it only made the problem worse. Then in 2010, the Chinese capital experienced the worst traffic jam of all time, which lasted over three days.
As the city continues to grow and evolve, the traffic control system merits this really impressive space.
11. Looks Like a Fruit Dr. Seuss Would Invite
Jackfruits are from the same plant family as figs, but they are much larger, with some weighing about 80 pounds! And they’re also big on nutrition with an impressive amount of protein and antioxidants per serving.
Even though they have a subtly sweet taste, their texture makes them a good meat substitute for vegetarians and vegans.
12. Fat and Swollen Cruise Ship vs. Handsome Titanic
When it set sail for its maiden (and final) voyage, the Titanic was the ultimate cruise ship. Now, it is dwarfed by the floating cities that most current cruise ships hold.
There were a little over 2,200 passengers on the Titanic and most current cruise ships carry a whopping 9,000 passengers.
13. A Woman Way Above Average
Margo Dydek was a Polish basketball player who played in the WNBA for ten years, beginning in 2008. Although both of her parents were over 6 feet tall, Margo was the tallest in her family, reaching a final height of 7 feet 2 inches tall.
In 2011 while she was coaching when she suffered a heart attack while pregnant with her third child. She was posthumously inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2019.
14. Captain is Dwarfed by the Ship He Commands
As you’ve already seen, current cruise ships are huge compared to former luxury boats, like the Titanic. But how big are they really? One glance at this captain standing in front of the Queen Mary 2 gives you just a glimpse of their impressive size.
You could also fit almost two Titanics or hundreds of school buses inside. Now you know why they’re considered floating cities.
15. Chain Links Bigger than a Human
All those large ships need chains to help keep them docked in port, and these chains are made in massive sizes to make that happen.
This photo might look like someone photo-shopped people into a junk drawer, but these are life-sized chains (and people). These workers may be inspecting the chains, but they’ll need some heavy machinery to do the lifting.
16. Did Someone Say Big Equipment?
Imagine driving a truck that requires an entire staircase to get inside? Look a little closer because that thing behind the truck that looks like a toy is actually a full-sized school bus.
These huge dump trucks are used at large excavation sites and quarries all around the world and, I’m just guessing here, take more than a regular driver’s license to drive them.
17. The Biggest Heart in the Mammal Kingdom
At over 5 feet long and 4 feet wide, the heart of a blue whale is bigger than some New York City apartments. That might be an exaggeration, but it weighs in at around 400 pounds, so it is larger than most people.
Of course, most blue whales grow to be around 85 feet long, so they need a big heart to move through the ocean.
18. What it Takes to be Taller Than Tall
If you saw Yao Ming on the basketball court among other super-tall men you would notice that he still “stands” out. At 7 feet 6 inches tall, he towered over many opponents, including Shaquille O’Neal, who is five inches shorter!
Dwayne Johnson is a taller-than-average guy at 6 feet 5 inches, and he looks pretty short next to Yao.
19. Freeway signs are Bigger than Cars Driving Under Them
Most highway signs that show you upcoming exits or other directions might seem small, but the reality is that these signs are very large compared to what’s driving under them.
They have to be high enough in the air for large trucks and other traffic to easily fit under them, so the lettering has to be a minimum of twelve inches high in order to be easily read as you speed by them.
20. It’s a Long Way Down to The Bottom of a Mega-Dam
The Gordon Dam is located on the Gordon River in South West Tasmania, Australia. The dam’s height is 460 feet.
However, water from behind the dam travels over 600 feet to the power station at the bottom. That’s just a little smaller than the height of the St. Louis Arch.
21. God Holding a Golden Thread
The 500-foot-long Golden Bridge in Vietnam is a pedestrian bridge with massive sculptural hands serving as supports. The effect is that of a giant, or a god holding the span of the bridge for people to pass.
The result is an impressive sight, with the fingers being larger than the bridge’s pedestrians by ten times.
22. Could I Live In a Wind Turbine?
Here’s another object, like the highway sign, that is so high above us, we may not realize how large it really is. Wind turbines operate huge windmills that generate electricity with the air blowing by.
But in order to really capture the wind, they have to be very large. Looking at the person standing next to it, it looks like she could comfortably set up a livable space on the inside of the turbine.
23. How does Saturn Compare to our Moon?
The planet Saturn is nine times the size of the earth and has 95 times more mass. If it were in orbit around the earth, life as we know it would not exist.
The moon has a lot to do with our tides and the massive tides from a planetary body like Saturn would wipe out whole sections of Earth. Also, Saturn already has 85 moons of its own, so it should just stay where it is.
25. A Place to Wag Your Tail Over
Are you the ultimate dog lover? Then you have to stay at the Dog Bark Park Inn in Cottonwood, Idaho. The owners are artists and dog lovers who took their passions to the extreme.
This one-unit Bed and Breakfast is a charming place to stay and pick up some pup-related wood carvings. Not surprisingly, pets are welcome too!
26. The Old Man of the Sea
Did you know that lobsters, if they can avoid capture, can live to be 50 years old? If they stick around that long, they probably grow to be the size of this bad boy.
While it’s tempting to think of what a great meal this would make, let’s hope he got thrown back to the ocean to live out his days among other sea creatures.
27. Not At All Life-Sized
Michelangelo’s David is widely seen as one of the greatest art masterpieces of all time. Sculpted between 1501 and 1504, it is a perfect work of art and sometimes requires restoration.
Because David stands about five times taller than a human, scaffolding is needed to reach his upper body. Just look at the size of the restoration expert compared to his foot. (David, we can get you a good Zippo lighter if you need one.)
35. Long Carrots for... Salad Fighting?
Japanese supermarkets have a lot of really different foods for sale. How about this “luxury” carrot that is super long.
Once you cut it up, it is probably just like any other carrot. Maybe you can have a kitchen duel with this carrot and the next item.
36. The World’s Most Fragile Weapon
This long icicle probably took a long time to form, but other than looking cool until it melts, it isn’t good for much.
While it looks crystal clear, icicles actually have a lot of gross things inside them — like remnants of bird poop from water running on rooftops. In a battle with the extra-long carrot, the icicle will probably lose.
39. The Mysteries Surrounding The Great Pyramid of Giza
This pyramid-shaped structure is over 480 feet tall and is made of limestone and granite. Scholars still debate exactly how it was made at a time of only manual labor.
From a distance, it looks like a smooth surface, but up close, you can see how large each of its stones are.
42. Top this on Your Next Snow Day
If you want to do something bigger than this massive, happy snowman, you better have a lot of snow, plenty of help, and something that can lift these snowballs into place.
It might help if we knew exactly how those pyramids were constructed, and that Japanese carrot would work great for its nose!