Nine feet is not very hard to imagine. If a standard ruler is one foot long, nine of those will make nine feet. However, it is fun to consider common things that are 9 feet long.
Many animals fall within the 8 to 9 feet range, and it is interesting to find out which ones they are. Consider this list of things that are 9 feet long.
1. A Male ostrich
Ostriches tower over other birds, with male ostriches growing to 9 feet tall. They can sprint faster than 45 miles an hour with their long, muscular legs, especially when they are spooked. Also, their 6.6-foot wingspan helps them maintain balance while running from predators.
2. A Boa Constrictor
One of the fascinating things about boa constrictors is that they give birth to live babies. The eggs stay inside the mother long enough to hatch, and then she gives birth to little boa constrictors. Boa constrictors grow to between 8 and 13 feet long. The most common length, however, is nine feet.
3. A Patio Umbrella
A patio umbrella is what you need when you want to get some sun during summer but not too much of it. Patio umbrellas come in different sizes, and some come with adjustable heights. However, the average height of patio umbrellas is between 8 and 9 feet tall.
4. A Christmas Tree
The world’s largest Christmas tree was 221 feet tall. It was a fresh-cut Christmas tree that was erected at the Northgate shopping center in DC in 1950. Today, there are different heights of trees depending on your ceiling height. For example, for high ceilings, 9-foot-tall trees are best.
5. A Hammock
Americans love to supersize everything, even hammocks. There is a humongous hammock in North Carolina that can hold up to 8000 pounds. However, a standard hammock measures 9 feet in length and can hold about 250 pounds.
6. An Area Rug
Did you know that in some cultures, rugs were used as saddles? Then when the horses died, they were buried together with their rug saddles as a medal of honor.
Area rugs are much smaller than floor carpets as they only measure about 9 feet in length. However, you can choose larger or smaller rugs.
7. An Elephant
A single elephant can weigh up to 6800 kilograms. This is the weight of approximately 37 adult males weighing 82 kilos.
Elephants can also grow as tall as 13 feet which is taller than the body height of an adult giraffe. However, the average height of elephants is between 8 and 9 feet.
8. The Tallest Man
The Tallest Man in the world was 8 feet 11 inches tall, an inch from 9 feet. His unusual growth was a result of a tumor that affected his pituitary gland, causing gigantism. Even though he died in 1940 at the young age of 22, he holds the Guinness World Record for the Tallest man ever.
9. An Alligator
Alligators don’t get to a point where they stop growing. They continue growing long, with males reaching between 9 and 10 feet long. Old male alligators can grow up to 15 feet long and could weigh 1000 pounds. A fun fact about alligators is that they go through about 2000 feet in their lifetime.
10. A Male Tiger
A tiger has such an enormous body that a single punch from a tiger could kill you. Tigers live for about 25 years, and by that time, a male tiger will have grown to 9 feet in length.
They can also weigh up to 670 pounds, equivalent to the weight of about four grown men.
11. 18 Dollar Bills
The Dolar Bill remained unchanged for over 50 years. It is also not made of paper but 75% cotton and 25% linen. Therefore, calling it paper money is not very accurate.
A Dollar Bill measures 6 inches in length, and you would need 18 such bills to make 9 feet or 108 inches.
12. 27 Yoga Blocks
There have been different types and sizes of yoga clocks through the years. One was shaped like an egg, and another was made of fabric, yet another measures 6.5 inches in thickness. However, a standard yoga block is 4 inches thick, meaning 27 yoga blocks stacked on top of each other would make 9 feet.
13. Two 60-inch TVs
The largest TV screen in the world today is a 325-inch monster screen by LG. You would think that a 60-inch TV would measure 60 inches, but that is not the case. A 60-inch TV measures about 52 inches in length. Two such TVs would then add up to 104 inches, approximately 9 feet.
Finally, there are lots of things that are about 9 feet long. These are just some of the common ones you can easily relate to or picture. Who knew that a hammock is the same length as a fully grown male tiger?
The dimension of stuff has been an interest of mine ever since I was a child. What I believe is most fascinating about the dimension of stuff is how extremely long, tall and wide some objects are both on earth and in the universe.