For example, we might know how big a redwood is, and even see a photo of it, but without seeing it for ourselves or having something to compare it to, it’s impossible to get an idea of its true majesty.
From animals to architecture, these 50 photos give you a much better idea of just how HUGE some things really are. And while that might not seem like a big deal (no pun intended), it really is important to recognize that we’re just a small part of the world.
Take a look and tell us what you’re truly surprised by.
1. A bull moose
And WOW are they big! In fact, male bull moose can grow to be 10 feet long and 1,500 pounds!
They’re the largest member of the deer family and you don’t want to know what happens when they decide they don’t like your car.
2. Saltwater crocodiles
But warm, saltwater environments with few cold periods can breed some pretty big creatures!
Australia’s “salties” can grow to be 2000 pounds or more!
3. Road signs
Just imagine all the labor it takes to get that out of the facility and into place – not to mention securing it tightly
That’s a big job!
4. Mining trucks
But mining vehicles are generally pretty huge because of the size and weight of what they have to haul. Just look how big it is compared to that bus!
We can’t imagine driving one of these things, much less paying for its fuel.
5. The sun
About 1,300,000 Earths could fit inside the giant fireball, which is over 800,000 miles across and 333,000 times heavier than our home planet.
One million Earths: A visual representation of how many Earths could fit inside the sun pic.twitter.com/Eq3qpl7Log
— Mike Whitmore (@mikewhitmore) January 29, 2015
6. A humpback whale
They can also live into their 80s and 90s if given the chance.
And while we knew they were majestic creatures, we didn’t appreciate just how enormous they were until we saw this photo.
7. Eagle talons
No wonder there’s a car named after these big boys!
They are sharp too, which comes in handy when grabbing those slippery fish they like so much.
Coyotes top out at about 50 pounds while wolves can weigh up to 150 pounds!
And while a wolf could easily eat a coyote, that’s not their preferred meal. They will, however, kill them if competition for food becomes fierce.
9. Wild boars
A wild boar weighing 780 pounds is many times the size of a wolf. The only advantage the smaller creature has is that they hunt in packs.
There’s strength in numbers, and that’s the only way you’re taking down a wild boar!
10. Bear claw
The more we intrude into their territory and the hungrier they get when we destroy their habitats and food sources, the more likely we are to see one in the flesh.
Frankly, we prefer comparing the bones. We’ll skip the live lesson.
11. Cruise ship
The Titanic was the biggest passenger ship ever built in 1912, but it seems pretty tiny in terms of length and width when it’s floating next to a modern monster. (It’s a replica, of course.)
No wonder it lost to the iceberg.
12. Pyramids of Giza
They’re so impossibly large to some conspiracy theorists that they insist only aliens could have created such a thing.
Once you see them compared to a relatively tiny human, it really is amazing that they were built by hand between 2575–c. 2465 B.C.
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If the big planet weren’t so far away and was positioned where the moon is, this is what it wouldn’t look like in the sky.
Pretty cool, if you ask us.
14. The heart of a blue whale
At around 6 feet tall and over 400 pounds, blue whale hearts are roughly the size of a car.
Since the marine mammoths can grow up to 100 feet in length, they have an awful lot of blood to pump through their bodies.
Blue whale hearts can pump about 58 gallons of blood per beat!
15. One billion anything
But no matter what you’re comparing, a billion is an insanely large number compared to a million.
The time example is one of the best we’ve seen.
People don’t have a strong intuitive sense of how much bigger 1 billion is than 1 million. 1 million seconds is about 11 days. 1 billion seconds is about 31.5 years.
— Paul Franz (@Paul_Franz) August 3, 2018
16. Giant African Land Snail
We’ve only seen tiny snails before, never one the size of a cat.
These guys are nocturnal, so you won’t be surprised by one sneaking up on you during the day (although you’d see it coming from a distance and have plenty of time to steer clear since they still move at a snail’s pace).
In some parts of the world, they’re even eaten as a delicacy.
17. Michelangelo’s David
It was huge even for its time, weighing more than 5 tons.
He stands at 17 feet tall, so we hope Michelangelo had a sturdy ladder!
And while it’s not all inhabited, it is absolutely enormous. In fact, it’s far larger than we imagined.
Just look at how many other U.S. states could fit inside of it.
19. The General Sherman
It’s the largest known living single-stem tree on Earth by volume.
Standing at 275 feet tall, it has a diameter of 25 feet and a trunk volume of 52,500 cubic feet.
20. Comet 67P (Churyumov–Gerasimenko)
It’s so large that we’ve landed a spacecraft on it (the Rosetta mission) and know quite a bit about its composition as a result.
There’s no need to worry though, this photo just depicts its mammoth 2.7 x 2.5 mile size compared to the city of Los Angeles.
21. Horse lungs
Whereas humans have a 6-liter lung capacity, horses have 55.
It’s pretty incredible to think these fit inside a horse’s body.
22. Battleship guns
Launched in 1925, the HMS Rodney was a British ship that helped sink the German battleship Bismarck in 1941.
But it took heavy fire too and was turned into scrap in 1948.
23. The Abraj Al-Bait clocktower
It’s unclear if this picture is Photoshopped since there’s no news story about this kind of event, but it’s amazing to see just how enormous it is compared to a human.
24. Giant leatherback sea turtle
They can reach 1500 pounds and can swim at a surprising 22mph!
The largest specimen ever found was an 8.5-foot-long male weighing 2,020 pounds.
25. The GE9X turbofan
GE Aviation made it exclusively for the Boeing 777X and its first flight was March 13, 2018.
While the COVID pandemic has grounded most flights, this baby is set to power the 777-9s.
26. Joshua Tree boulders
We just didn’t realize they were so humbling in terms of size!
Now there’s even more reason to visit.
27. Statue of Ramesses II
It weighs roughly 20 tons and was built for Ramesses II’s mortuary temple so people could pray to him as a god.
Even when he was living, people saw him as a deity on earth.
28. Parade balloon
We’ve seen them on TV, but have never really looked at the size of them compared to the humans holding them in place.
We wonder how much storage room the deflated version takes up.
29. Cave of the Crystals
And its main chamber contains giant selenite crystals, which are larger than we ever could have imagined.
In fact, they’re some of the largest natural crystals ever found.
30. Polar bear paws
Their paws are basically giant, foot-long snowshoes.
But that doesn’t mean they’re not deadly.
31. Coconut crabs
Yes, they bite if threatened, and yes, it would hurt – a lot. It may even snap a bone.
At 3 feet in length and up to 9 pounds though, it would be hard for one to sneak up on you.
32. A tornado
And if you’ve ever seen a wind turbine, you know they’re huge. So take a look in the bottom right corner to see them get dwarfed by this twister.
33. Whale flipper
At 80+ feet in length and over 100 tons in weight, fin whales are pretty intimidating creatures.
34. An Argentinosaurus foot
The Argentinosauras lived during the Late Cretaceous period in what is now…you guessed it, Argentina.
35. Rhino beetle
They eat plants, have no venom, and are pretty docile.
We still don’t want one on our shoulder though.
36. A redwood tree
Do you think if this tree fell in the forest and no one was around to hear it it would make a sound?
We sure do.
37. The Quetzalcoatlus
Long-extinct, it would have had to gulp you up anyway, since the creature was toothless.
Fun fact: In 1985, DARPA used the Quetzalcoatlus northropi as the basis for an experimental UAV design.
38. The Costa Smeralda
It was the fifth-largest cruise ship in the world, as of 2019.
We just wonder when it’s going to be safe to get on a cruise ship again.
39. This walrus
But for some reason, we thought walruses were smaller.
And we wouldn’t want to be that close if it woke up in surprise.
The General Sherman is a sequoia, so Hyperion is in a class of it’s own at 380 feet tall.
Scaling it looks a lot like climbing a mountain.
41. King Alfred’s Tower
The 161-foot high triangular tower might not seem like a big deal, but that’s because you probably haven’t climbed its spiral staircase all the way to the top.
42. Mount Bromo
But we have to admit that’s quite a view.
Located on the island of Java, it’s a popular tourist attraction despite being active.
43. USS enterprise anchor
Weighing 32 tons, the anchor was built in 1957 and kept this massive ship in place until it was decommissioned in 2016.
We’re not sure how big we expected an anchor to be, but we’re still surprised.
44. The Wedding Feast at Cana
But we didn’t know it was 22’x32′! That’s a heck of an accomplishment for the 16th century!
45. Wolly mammoth tusk
While the creature itself is roughly the size of a modern African elephant, its tusks were enormous compared to any creature still living.
The largest tusk anyone has found is a whopping 14 feet long!
46. Spanish battleship flag
Ships flags are much bigger than we might imagine.
This flag was on the 74-gun Spanish warship, San Ildefonso, and measures about 32 x 47 feet.
47. Grey whales
Their tails alone are 10-11 feet across!
Just imagine coming face to face with one like this guy!
48. A Russian submarine
This is the Akula, or “Typhoon” Class sub, which is one of the very biggest.
They’ve all been retired now.
Pictured here is Petra’s Ad Deir, its monastery, which was carved out of the rock.
It’s 157 by 154 feet, which makes for A LOT of chiseling.
50. Traffic lights
But we didn’t realize they were quite this large.
Pretty cool, right?
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Source: Reddit- r/HumanForScale