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Stunning Mashup Images Show How Big These Famous Objects Actually Are

Let's put things in perspective!

30/09/2016 12:26 AM AEST | Updated 26/10/2016 7:44 AM AEDT
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You know Titanic was big, but how does the iconic ship compare in size to a modern aircraft carrier? And that scary Death Star: if it were real instead of only make-believe, how big would it look in comparison to, say, Florida?

Maybe you’re the kind of person who is kept awake at night by odd questions like these. But even if you’re not, you’ll probably love a new series of mashup images created by Kevin Wisbith, a college student and entrepreneur who lives near Cincinnati.

The aim of the series, Wisbith told The Huffington Post in an email, is to help people “continue learning about the world they live in, in a comprehensible fashion that is also entertaining and not a huge time burden.” 

He continued:

“A lot of times scale is mentioned as 10 times larger or 100 times larger, but due to the fact that we perceive most of our world through sight, it’s really hard to understand how big 10 times or 100 times larger is without being able to see it with our own eyes. While scale is still one of the main focus points of the series, I am slowly branching out into other forms of measurement such as weight, value, and distance, to name a few.”

How does Wisbith portray the objects at the correct relative sizes? He researches the height, width and length of the objects and environments, and then converts those numbers into pixel measurements that he uses to scale the objects down to the right size.

“It’s not always an exact scale,” he said of his approach, “but I try to get as close as possible with the information I have available to me.”

One thing’s for sure: the images are hugely cool. Just have a look.

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