15+ Things That Are Actually Much Bigger Than We Could Imagine
Sometimes perspective can fool our sight and make us see things in a different way. In some cases, we are used to seeing the world from our eyes and do not really perceive the magnitude of what surrounds us, or in the case of these images, how big things can be compared to us, and how small we are in this world.
50. LOOSE IN THE CITY
Have you ever encountered a moose? In the cartoons, they are very friendly, but the truth is that they are really huge. It’s hard to say why they give this very kind vibe, but it might their cute and wide faces. In fact, many moose look almost similar to the loveably goofy, donkey, although they are much bigger in size. However, it is most likely for another reason: Bullwinkle. The 1960s cartoon showed a sweet but kind of dumb character, and people think that is what actual moose behave like in the wild. But, Alaskans and Canadians would tell that they can be pretty dangerous creatures.
If you encounter one in your travels, it’s better to keep a safe distance. One time, a family of them stopped traffic at Alaska’s Denali National Park, and all the drivers respectfully let them walk without disturbance. Their actions were not just because they wanted to see how majestic their bodies were. Most people in the area know that a moose has to be respected because you don’t want to encounter an angry one. There have been several recorded incidents involving these gorgeous animals. In 2013, a mother moose refused to get away from a road and fought with a truck driver. Let’s admire them from afar!
49. BIGGER THAN EXPECTED
And the traffic signs are a very similar example. We are very used to seeing them from the comfort of our car. It’s hard to imagine our modern times without these helpful guides, but it’s even harder to think of a time when the world didn’t need them. They didn’t always exist because traffic wasn’t what it is today. The first road signs were big inventions, and they were used by the ancient Romans. There’s actually a pretty interesting history between. Roads can be traced back to the Bronze Age, but the Roman Empire really liked the idea.
They went on to build a system of bridges, roads, and tunnels that went from Portugal to Constantinople. They discovered that armies could move better this way, and they could also exchange goods. Therefore, their empire thrived thanks to the system. The first road was the Via Appia, also known as the Appian Way, created in 312 B.C. Several milestones were placed at certain locations, and they would often state who had to take care of that portion of the street. They also added mile markers to detail the distance until Rome.
48. ONE BIG CREATION
We know that the Great Pyramid of Giza is really big, but surely you can understand better the name if you compare it with a person. The creation is the most important symbol of Egypt and known as the last of the Seven Wonders of the World. It’s near the city of Cairo, and it took around 21 years to complete during the rule of King Khufu 2589-2566 BCE of the 4th Dynasty. Before the completion of the Eiffel Toward in 1889 CE, this structure was the tallest ever made by humans. For 3,000 years it held that title, and it was unlikely to be defeated until modern times.
Some historians believe that it was actually the Lincoln Cathedral spire in England, made in 1300 CE, that surpassed the height of the Great Pyramid of Giza, but no structure will ever be as impressive as what lies in the Egyptian desert. It reaches 146 meters (479 feet) and its base is 230 meters (754 feet). Additionally, it has around 2 million blocks of solid stone. Considering how heavy and huge these stones were, researchers still cannot fathom how they managed to raise them up and place them as they did.
47. OLDEST TREE
Although we currently populate much of the world, we must not forget that there are trees that have much more time on earth. This is considered the largest tree in the world, and it’s a giant sequoia, also known as Sequoiadendron giganteum from California’s Sequoia National Park. It was nicknamed General Sherman and measured around 52,500 cubic feet or 1,487 cubic meters in volume. To compare, that’s around the same volume of an Olympic-size swimming pool, which is normally around 88,500 cubic feet. Furthermore, this tree is estimated to be around 2,000 years old, and that might seem really old, but it is actually a middle-aged giant sequoia.
Some specimens have been estimated to be around 3,220 years old, at least according to their tree rings. When General Sherman lost a branch in 2006, it actually destroyed a walkway and fence right beneath it. It is considered the largest tree based on its trunk volume and not the branches; so, that event didn’t lose him its standing. It is also very tall at 274.9 feet or 83.8 meters, but that’s not even close to the record holder of the tallest tree. A specimen called Hyperion is considered the tallest at 379.7 feet, or 115.7 meters.
46. ONE STRIKE AND IT'S GONE
And in space, there are objects much larger than we can imagine, as this comet compared to the city of Los Angeles. You might think that this image is just meant to shock most people, but it is actually a comparison of a real comet. It’s called the 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, and it’s a Jupiter-family comet that has an orbital period of 6.45 years. It was first seen in 1969 by the Soviet scientists Klim Ivanovych Churyumov and Svetlana Ivanovna Gerasimenko, who gave it its name. It soon became the target of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission, which went to space on March 2, 2004.
It finally encountered the comet on August 6, 2014, but finally landed on the surface on November 12, 2014, which made it the first spacecraft to land on a comet nucleus in our history. On September 30, 2016, the Rosetta was done with its mission after it got to the Ma’at region of the comet. Luckily, Rosetta collected a lot of data, especially regarding the surface of 67P. It changed when it was close to perihelion and created circular shapes that grew a lot in just one day. There was also a tear in the neck region, which expanded.
45. SO FAR AND YET SO CLOSE
Take for example the moon by comparing its size with that of the United States of America. We are a bit small, right? It might not be the most impressive structure in outer space, as it doesn’t have active volcanoes or a surface filled with nitrogen. However, it has always been pretty important to humans in general. Earth is actually the only planet capable is seeing a total Solar eclipse thanks to our moon, and it also helps regulate the tides of the ocean as well as the tilt of our planet. Considering how small it is compared to our planet, that’s actually pretty impressive.
The moon is just about a quarter of the Earth’s diameter with 1/81th of its mass. But, other moons are actually much smaller than their orbiting stars. Its average distance from Earth is 238,857 miles, and it’s hard to tell how big it actually is because it only occupies a small part of the night sky. That only varies at certain times of the months when it might be a bit closer. The closest point is 238,900 miles and called perigee. The farthest point is called apogee and it’s 252,700 miles away from Earth. Its diameter is 2,159 miles.
44. BIGGER THAN THE EARTH
Another example related to space, this is a representation of the number of Earth planets that would fit in our Sun. So, the answer to how Earths can fit into the Sun is 1.3 million. That’s a lot of planets, which makes us question the existence of other similar kinds, which might contain intelligent life, but that is another topic. The Sun is 99.86% of the mass of the Solar System, and the remaining .14% is actually taken by the giant planets like Jupiter and Saturn. For anyone interesting in doing the math themselves, the Sun is 1.412 x 1018 km3, while the Earth is 1.083 x 1012 km3.
Dividing the Sun’s volume by the Earth’s volume results in 1,300,000. But, the Sun is actually average sized compared to other stars such as the red giant Betelgeuse, which has a radius 936 times bigger than the Sun. That means that it has a volume of hundreds of millions of times grander than the one we see every day. But, the largest celestial body humans have discovered is the VY Canis Majoris, which is estimated to have a radius from 1800 to 2100 times bigger than the Sun.
43. SO MUCH CASH
An example a little closer to our pocket. This is the difference between $10,000 in $100 bills and $10,000 in one dollar bills. The history of using paper as money is pretty interesting, and you might be surprised to learn that some early experiments with them failed because people didn’t trust it. They preferred the use of gold and silver coins. But, in 1861, the U.S. needed to back up the Civil War, and Congress issued the Demand notes of $5, $10, and $20 bills. These notes were redeemable in coin and were originally nicknamed Greenbacks, which is still used today.
The first one dollar bill was created in 1862 as a Legal Tender Note and depicted the face of Salmon P. Chase, President Abraham Lincoln’s Treasury Secretary. A year later, the National Banking Act created a banking system and national currency. Banks had to purchase securities from the government for their National Bank Notes. The current design of the dollar bill goes back to 1963 when it became part of the Federal Reserve Note, but it still retained a lot of the creation from 1929. The most important part of the bill is, of course, the portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart.
42. NUMBERING THINGS
And speaking of numbers and the comparison between them, many people do not understand the true magnitude of a billion. While we are all used to listening to large numbers, especially in the news, it’s hard for our brains to actually imagine a large amount. Furthermore, the term for one billion is different in the United States and in the United Kingdom. In the old UK, a billion was a million-million, meaning 1,000,000,000,000. Meanwhile, in the U.S. is actually a thousand million, ergo 1,000,000,000. The U.S. has continued to use their definition of a billion, and they have the word trillion for the old UK version.
In 1974, the United Kingdom adopted the U.S. standard, but it is hard to picture that kind of amount. Some people tried to exemplify this by trying to decipher how many Cheetos would fit in a van. However, the problem became too complicated because each Cheeto is different and curved in dissimilar ways. Luckily, someone came up with a simpler example, which uses time to explain. If billion had the old UK meaning still, it would be 32,000 years.
41. THE BIGGEST SHIP
We've all heard the story of Titanic, and we've seen the movie, but today's cruise ships are a little bigger. In 1912, it was the biggest ship of the time, but not many people realized that it can be considered really tiny compared to some of today’s most popular cruise ships. The big one in this picture is the Oasis of The Seas which started sailing the ocean in 2009. The Titanic was a “royal mail” meant to transport people and mail from NY to the UK. The Oasis is considered a “pleasure resort” for the Caribbean.
They had completely different purposes and are separated for almost a hundred years. Additionally, the Titanic was made in Belfast, and the Oasis was built in Finland. Their different functions were evidenced in the décor and the facilities. It’s almost crazy to compare them because they have nothing alike except to exemplify how the biggest ship that infamously capsized so many years ago was not as big as current boats.
40. IS THAT A TRUCK?
Have you ever seen the giant mining trucks? In this picture, you can compare it with a school bus to see its size. That big vehicle is the Caterpillar 797, which is an ultra class, two-axle, mechanical haul truck created by Caterpillar Inc., a company from the United States. They have been in production since 1998, and the current model, the 797F, has the largest haul truck payload capabilities in the world. It carries up to 400 short tons. In 1997, the original Caterpillar was designed to carry 360 short tons in order to meet the demand of large-scale mining and reduce the cost.
The engineers of Caterpillar Inc. used computer design to achieve such a powerful truck, and it was the first time that CAD tools were incorporated into a Caterpillar truck. The first of its kind was presented on September 29, 1998, in the assembly plant in Decatur, Illinois. They used the empty Arizona grounds for testing and were soon being produced for the Bingham Canyon Mine. They marketed for the entire country in 2000, and by 2001, they started appealing to international enterprises.
39. BIG FLUFFY BALL
This beautiful and hairy creature is an adult Wombat, they live in Australia and their size is compared to their tenderness. These are actually small marsupials that look like a mixture of a bear, a pig, and a gopher. They are most natural at digging due to their shorts legs, smalls, and broad feet with fierce claws. Just like kangaroos and koalas, these animals have a pouch, but wombats have them in their backs. Also, their poop comes out in little cubes. They are normally around a medium-sized dog, i.e. 30 inches long and weight around 55 to 88 lbs.
They are most commonly found in Australia and Tasmania, specifically in mountains, forest, and grasslands. They made burrows as homes and some of them can be almost 650 feet underground, according to the San Diego Zoo. They might make several burrows away from the other and change to different ones in a year. Some can be pretty social, while others like to be alone. In fact, the hairy-nosed wombat likes socializing and living with around 12 others in one home. According to National Geographic, a group of these animals is called “a mob” or “a colony”.
38. THE SCARIEST PREDATOR
In this image, we can notice the enormous difference in size that exists between the wolves and the coyotes. While coyotes normally look like wolves, they have many differences. Some are even called “barking dogs”, and they are considered part of the dog family. Red wolves are considered the most similar to coyotes. However, coyotes also have bushy tails that point towards the ground and weight 10 kg. Meanwhile, wolves are bigger in size weighing around 25 kg. Additionally, the legs of a coyote are noticeably thinner than most wolves.
The tiny dogs can be found in several parts of Canada, while wolves are located in Alaska, Northern US, Labrador, and parts of the Yukon. In terms of food, coyotes like smaller animals like mice and rabbits as well as few veggies and carrion. Now, wolves are natural predators that hunt in groups for deer, moose, and goats. Furthermore, they mark territories to corral their prey. Coyotes stay away from humans and would not harm them. In fact, they eat the mice that would normally damage crops.
37. ONE BIG BREATH
We know that horses need a lot of air to run as they do, but their lungs are really impressive. Once a horse finished a long race or completed a Grand Prix show jumping round, it would have passed around 1,800 liters of air through its lungs. This is the equivalent of six bathtubs full of air or two five-gallon buckets of air in each lung. During a race, the air it inhales is 380 liters of oxygen, and the rest is gas nitrogen. The oxygen passes to its blood and around 95 liters of it is used.
The energy a horse needs to complete a race will mostly come from aerobic metabolism (around 70%). It’s the same amount for a jumping show, but for a cross-country portion of a 3-day event, a horse might get 90% of its energy from the air. This kind of metabolism uses oxygen to get energy from glucose inside the mitochondria. The rest of its energy comes from anaerobic metabolism, which also converts glucose. The difference is that anaerobic metabolism is fast but not that great; so, it can only be used for a short period as it builds lactic acid. Aerobic metabolism is slower but great at making the energy used for running.
36. LOOKING AROUND SPACE
We love seeing images of the Mars Curiosity Rover but we have never considered how big and heavy it should be. Unlike stationary landers, rovers can search more lands and are controlled better. Additionally, they placed themselves in good spots during the winter, and scientists can learn more about handling robotics from their use. There have been four Mars rovers handled by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Sojourner, Opportunity, Spirit, and Curiosity. In January 2016, NASA revealed their studies from Curiosity and Opportunity, the latter sadly is now gone. They were searching for signs of ancient life and to make a biosphere.
They also looked for signs of water, such as rivers and lakes, that would indicate that it was somehow habitable once before. The search for this evidence was its main priority. In June 2018, Opportunity lost contact when it went into hibernation mode due to a dust storm. Furthermore, on February 13, 2019, NASA revealed that Opportunity would be ending its mission after they failed to activate it once again.
35. THE DAVID
We would all love to be in the presence of this sculpture once and realize in person how small we are. David is known as one of the great sculptures of the Renaissance, and it was created between 1501 and 1504 by the renowned artist Michelangelo. It measures 17 feet and depicts the Biblical hero called David, who was a popular subject for art in Florence. It was commissioned as a series of several statures from such important figures that would go along the roofline of the east end of the Florence Cathedral.
However, it was later placed outside the Palazzo Vecchio, in a public square called the Piazza Della Signoria. It was revealed in 1504, but in 1873, it was moved to the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, and the original location now holds a replica. Due to the hero depicted in the artwork, the statue became a symbol of the defense of civil liberties in Florence, which was a separate republic at the time and threatened by powerful states as well as the Medici family. David’s eyes looked toward Rome with a bit of judgment in them. In 2010, a fiberglass replica was erected on the Florence Cathedral for just one day, and it was how the Operai who commissioned it originally wanted it.
34. THE TALLEST MEN IN THE WORLD
And, if you ever wondered about its actual size, in this picture you can see Yao Ming standing next to a guy who is very tall. In fact. the guy in the picture if Kevin Love, who plays for the Cavaliers and measures 6 feet 10 inches, but clearly the Hall of Famer, Ming, was much larger than Love. At the time, another large basketball player also snapped a picture with the famous athlete. Lauri Markkanen from the Bulls measures 7 feet, but Yao Ming is 7-foot-6. But, Yao Ming is not considered the tallest man in history. That record is held by a man named Robert Wadlow.
He was last measured on June 27, 1940, and reached a height of 8 feet 11 inches, or 2.72 meters. "He couldn't go anywhere without being stared at and drawing a crowd. Some people would bother him, you know, because of his height. They might come up behind him and pinch his leg or something else, you know, or even maybe try to kick him in the shins, make sure he wasn't on stilts," said Harold Wadlow, Robert's brother.
33. JUST ONE MORE SLICE
When it’s a cheat day, you can get any pizza you want, but the one in this picture is very impressive. It was made at Big Lou's Pizza in San Antonio, Texas, and it has a diameter of 42 inches. That would be a whopping 3.5 feet of the delicious Italian treat. One of their big pies is called Super and aside from its impressive size, it also weights 27 points with each slice measuring around 21 inches. Their sauces and doughs are made every day; so, clients can definitely enjoy a freshly-made gigantic pizza.
Naturally, these pies are only served in-house (how would they transport it, anyway?), but it’s not the biggest pizza in the restaurant. Big Lou’s has an even bigger version with the 62-inch pie. The problem is that the massive one has to be ordered a lot earlier, while the 42-inch pizza can be bought in the shop regularly. If you want a big pizza to take home, they have a 37-inch version, which is still massive and would only fit in SUVs and such vehicles. People found out about these pies after it appeared on ‘Top 10 Biggest Pizzas in America’ and the show ‘Man vs. Food’ from the Travel Channel. Even Big Lou said, “It was a marketing scheme that backfired in a good way.”
32. BIG SHOES TO FILL
Doing shopping for your grandson who is a basketball player be like. Some Reddit user shared a picture of his grandma who found a show size 20 at the Goodwill store. There are many rumors that big feet indicate certain things, especially for me, and those things might not be true. However, according to several scientists, the size of your feet can actually mean some things. A team of Swedish researchers connected shoe size to life expectancy, and the results stated that men with average-sized feet have longer lives, while men who need big shoes could die earlier.
“We have no doubt people can live longer than their shoe size would indicate. But this would be true only if they adopt an unusually health-oriented lifestyle, with careful attention to diet and exercise.” But, feet are not related to the size of a man’s genitals. No evidence has been found to support the claims and several studies have actually disproved it. The University College London conducted research between 104 men and said it the rumors were "a common misconception". In 2011, a study from Turkey wasn’t so sure because there was a certain link between height, weight and the size of manhood, but it wasn’t completely accurate.
31. RED, YELLOW, AND GREEN
We see so many traffic lights in the distance in our daily routine, that we have never stopped to consider the real size of these objects. The first traffic light was actually invented by J.P. Knight, a railway engineer. It was placed in front of the Houses of Parliament in 1868. It looked like other railway signs, with red and green lamps. Sadly, it exploded soon after and killed a cop. People were not so quick to have another one after that accident. The modern versions we know were actually created in America, and the red-green ones were placed in Cleveland 1914.
The three-colored signals were installed in New York in 1918, but those were operated from a tower in the middle of the street. Britain took some times before adopting that kind of signals again, and St. James’ Street and Piccadilly were the first to have them in 1925. Police used switches to handle those. The normal modern versions like the one in this image are the most universally accepted these.
30. NOT ENOUGH COFFEE
Let's hope that it's at least decaffeinated. The world is obsessed with coffee, but there is one country that most people associated with the special bean brew. Colombia has been known for the drink, and they have been brands that sell, including their own kind of Starbucks franchise called Juan Valdez. However, one Colombian town hoped to reach to two world records. One was to make the world’s largest cup of coffee and one for the largest coffee tasting. One huge cup of coffee has around 20 tons of the liquid, and they built it in Chinchina’s town plaza.
The town is in the center of Colombia’s mountainous coffee-growing region. They hoped to build up the local coffee culture and farming. They ended reaching the record of the largest coffee cup, which held 22,739.14, and it was announced on June 15, 2019. More than 50 people worked around a month to complete the project. Additionally, the brew that was placed used Arabic beans, which are the most popular for fancy roasts.
29. ONE LARGE BENCH
It seems like mothers, fathers, and grandparents would also fit there. This is another Guinness World for the largest bench ever made, and it’s held by So Appenzeller Kase Gmbh, and it measures 1013.32 meters. Additionally, it is located in Jakobsbad, Kronberg, Switzerland, and they got it on August 18, 2012. On the other hand, the bench has several names along its length, but people have to sign up for it on Facebook, and it is probably all filled up by now. Look at how many kids fit on it, and the same amount of adults might also fit perfectly.
In theory, it has been said that around 3,000 people can actually sit there comfortably. Can you imagine sitting in such a chair? First, you need to use a ladder to go up and sit, but the view from Switzerland looks absolutely marvelous. It would be a great Instagram moment for anyone that is obsessed with traveling.
28. IS THIS THE RIGHT CALCULATOR?
It's high time to start preparing for the SAT. Here is another example of a bigger-than-normal object. No one needs such a huge calculator. Only a few people actually require complicated ones, but the one in this picture would work for simple math problems. Sadly, it would not even fit on a desk. Long ago, it was hard to imagine anything simplifying the math, but modern technology has made it possible. These machines as they are known today were created in the 1970s, but old mathematicians had tools that they used before the 20th century.
The first of its kinds was the abacus, estimated to have been created in Sumeria in 2500 B.C. It was a simple table of columns with beads or stones that stood for a number. They were only used for adding and subtracting. However, they needed something for multiplications and divisions. In 1617, the Scottish mathematician John Napier created Rabdology, which calculates with rods. The person using these rods changes the vertical position of the name along with the multiplication table, and it reads them horizontally to get the final product.
27. THE RIGHT KNIFE
When you REALLY love salads, you have to find an easier and faster way to make them. Solingen, Germany, and Seki, Japan were considered the leaders in sword making before they became master of cutlery. Knives have an interesting history that goes from a weapon to a cooking device. In 1669, King Louis XIV ordered all table knives to have blunted heads because one of his advisors reminded that they could lead to violence. To this day, knives are still associated with blood and fights. A Scottish pathologist even said,
"All the statistics show that for the last 15 years, victims of stabbings, whether fatal or seriously injured, are caused by kitchen knives such as steak knives rather than knives bought specially for the purpose." In fact, Han Xin, a hero from China, was killed by a chef’s knives. The story says that he had a spell on him that prevented sword or spears from stabbing him. He went on to conquer the country until he encountered a housewife with a cooking knife. Modern chefs today have special knives, and some cannot even work without their favorite. Meanwhile, Germany and Japan are still considered the best makers of their kind.
26. WE ALL NEED A PICK ME UP
You should have thought twice before ordering double-cappuccino. Coffee is a major part of most people’s lives, and we spend an awful amount of money at the local shop almost every day. Some people need more than others, but almost everyone wants, at least, one cup. With the trappings of modern life, the disposable coffee cup was invented, and some don’t even consider their importance. They might not be the most efficient method, and they are definitely bad for the environment, but they are the reason why we don’t have to stay in a shop until we are done.
Its history began in the early 20th century. After the Civil War, drinking plain water was popular, and everyone delighted in fountains, barrels, wells and more. Unfortunately, people would share the same metal cup. Once Americans learned about germs and disease spread, they didn’t want to share with others anymore. In 1907, Lawrence Luellen invented the disposable paper cup and called it Health Kup. It was later named Dixie Cup. After the Spanish flu in 1918, people worried even more about getting sick, and that’s when the popularity of the Dixie Cups skyrocketed.
25. IT'S JUST FOR ONE
There are McDonald’s in almost every country in the world, and they synonymous with spending and unhealthy eating. However, most people spend around $10 on a normal day, but there are others who will gladly spend more. The person in this image has clearly given the franchise restaurant a lot of cash for that breakfast order. But for the price of $890.80, you could get a “Big Max”. A man named Moshe Tamssot wanted to see how far the new sandwich platform of the franchise went. It was called Create Your Taste, and the original cost was just $24.89.