You may think that 85 feet is not a significant measurement, but 85 feet is quite long in size.
It’s equivalent to 26 meters and 28 yards. Here is a list of some general comparisons when it comes to seeing 85 feet in action.
1. Half as Tall as Nelson’s Column
Nelson’s Column in London is just inches away from being 170 feet. That would make 85 feet half the size from the first step of the pedestal’s base to the top of the statue’s hat.
Nelson’s Column was built between 1840 and 1843 to commemorate the revered and much loved Vice Admiral Horatio, Lord Nelson. There are at least eight other monuments built in memory of him.
2. Length Between Baseball Bases
According to MLB Official Baseball Rules, the distance between baseball diamond bases is just over 85 feet.
The second base and the home base are located on the corners of the 27.432 sq. m area created by the bases.
The first and third bases are placed within that square to better allow the umpires to judge whether a ball is fair or foul.
3. 2X The Height of a Brachiosaurus
Dinosaurs in the genus Brachiosaurus had an estimated height (at the head with neck fully extended) of up to 43 feet. Put two brachiosauruses together and you have 85 feet.
At the time of its discovery in 1903, the brachiosaurus was considered the largest dinosaur ever, but other sauropods are now believed to have been bigger.
4. 2X The Elevation of Niagara Falls
Formed by the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, the combined falls (Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls) have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in North America that has a vertical drop of nearly 170 feet.
During peak daytime tourist hours, more than six million cubic feet of water goes over the crest of the falls every minute.
5. Dreadnoughtus Schrani
Dreadnoughtus Schrani was discovered in Argentina and is thought to be the largest terrestrial animal to have ever walked the planet.
This massive sauropod came about 100.5 million to 66 million years ago. It was about 85 feet long and may have weighed about 65 tons — more than a dozen African elephants!
6. Width of Noah’s Ark
Noah’s ark was a massive ship, built at God’s command, that saved Noah, his family, and representatives of every kind of land-dependent, air-breathing animal from the global flood that took place over 4,300 years ago.
The ark was 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high.
7. Trevi Fountain
No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the Fontana di Trevi, or Trevi Fountain.
The Trevi Fountain is known as one of the most stunning fountains in the world. It stands a massive 85 feet tall and is almost 65 feet wide.
With water pumping out of multiple sources and the large pool in front, the fountain spills about 2,824,800 cubic feet of water every day!
8. UNESCO’S Headquarters
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Headquarters in Paris is a Y-shaped design, nicknamed the “three-pointed star.
The height is 85 feet and consists of seven floors. The principal branch of the Y is a concave 360 feet long. The entire structure stands on 72 columns of concrete piling.
9. Balcony at Grosse Pointe Shores Mansion
Grosse Pointe Shores in Michigan has a long shoreline and is known for its beautiful, elegant-style mansions.
One of the many elegant estates in Grosse Pointe Shores in Michigan was built in 1969.
It has an extremely long balcony that stretches the length of the wide second story at 85 feet, with a panoramic view of Lake St. Clair.
10. Drop at Jurassic Park Water Ride
Jurassic Park River Adventure water ride at Universal Orlando Resort is a thrill at every turn.
One minute, you’re gliding along in your raft. The next minute, you’re face to face with a giant T-Rex. There’s nowhere to turn. He’s bearing down on you, and your only escape from his razor-sharp teeth is to take the pitch-black plunge before you.
That plunge in and of itself is exactly 85 feet.
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.