6.5 inches is half an inch longer than half a foot and about 15.24 inches long. While these figures may be helpful, they don’t do much in helping you visualize what 6.5 inches looks like.
So, if you’d like to know what 6.5 inches looks like without whipping out your trusty tape measure, you should memorize the sizes of these 9 everyday objects.
2 Credit or Debit Cards
All credit and ATM cards follow the ISO/IEC 7810:2003 card size, which also applies to identification cards and most gift cards. The purpose of standardizing all credit and debit cards is for the safety of the owner. So, while cards have changed in style over the years, their dimensions haven’t changed since 2003.
The exact dimensions of a credit or debit card are 85.6 × 53.98 millimeters or 3.375 × 2.125 inches. If you placed 2 of these cards side by side, they would give you a collective length of 6.75 inches or just a quarter of an inch beyond the 6.5-inch mark.
Half a Chisel
The art of forming blocks of wood through chiseling has been around since about 8,000 BC. Ancient chisels were made of copper and bronze to form weapons, pots, and other common household items from wood and soft stone. The modern chisel is made of durable steel and can be used to lathe wood into smooth bowls and baseball bats.
A woodworker will use an assortment of different chisels to turn a block of wood into a work of art. Most of the chisels will measure around 14 inches long, so dividing the tool in half would get you pretty close to 6.5 inches. However, when comparing chisel sizes, the width of the blade is what people will refer to.
4 Golf Balls
For some reason, golf is a popular spot that is played as a hobby and professionally. Tiger Woods is the most recognizable golf player in the world, and he recently qualified to participate at the Masters for the 22nd consecutive time. For over 300 years, the most boring sport in the world was banned in Scotland since it interfered with military training.
Golf balls measure 1.680 inches in diameter. So, you would need to place 4 golf balls to get to close to 6.5 inches. Did you know that a single golf ball will have between 300 and 500 dimples?
3 Billiard Balls
In some people’s eyes, billiards is considered to be the coolest sport in the world. The sport was invented sometime in the 1340s, or at least a distinguishable version of the sport was played back then. It originated as a lawn game somewhere in Europe, but in 1770, the game was moved indoors and played on a table.
A standardized billiard ball should measure between 2-3/8 and 2-7/16 inches in diameter and weigh up to 7.8 ounces. 3 billiard balls placed side by side should get only slightly beyond the 6.5-inch point. If you used smaller snooker balls instead, 3.5 of them would get you closer to 6.5 inches.
If you tend to an indoor garden, one of the most essential accessories you should have is a pot saucer. These saucers are in place to capture excess water that drips out of the drainage holes to prevent the dirty water from getting all over the place. Most pots don’t come with a saucer, so you might have to pick it up individually.
The exact dimensions of a saucer will vary since they are designed to fit the bottoms of potted plants. So, if you have a 6-inch-wide plant pot, which is a pretty popular size, then you would need to get a slightly larger saucer (at least 6.5 inches) for its base.
1 Large Soup Bowl
A soup bowl is exactly what its name suggests—it’s a bowl that is used to serve soup. However, you can serve any liquid-based meal inside a soup bowl, such as cereal, oatmeal, and stews. What sets soup bowls apart from cereal bowls is that they are wider and shallower, even though they might hold up to 8 fluid ounces—the same as cereal bowls.
The diameter of a soup bowl’s rim is different between bowls, but traditional 8- to 12-ounce bowls will measure 6 to 7 inches across. However, a large covered soup bowl will typically measure precisely 6.5 inches in diameter at its widest point.
3-1/4 AA Batteries
The world saw the very first battery take shape back in 1800, though the term “battery” was coined sometime in the mid-1700s. According to the EPA, Americans purchase and use almost 3 billion batteries every year, with the majority of them going into the trash and ending up in landfills, which is not good for our planet’s health.
There are 7 dollar denominations, with the largest being the $100 bill with Benjamin Franklin’s face. Regardless of the denomination, all dollar bill dimensions will be the same —6.14 × 2.61 inches. So, a single US banknote will get you pretty close to the 6.5-inch mark.
Even though the face value of the dollar bills denotes how much it’s worth, the cost to produce different bills differs. For instance, the $1 bill costs just 6¢ to make, while a $100 bill can cost more than twice that (13.2¢).
Size 10 Kid’s Shoes
Even though everyone has feet, shoemakers have yet to come up with a universal sizing standard. As such, the exact measurements of a shoe will differ from brand to brand. That said, if you look at children’s shoe sizes, most size-10 shoes will measure precisely 6.5 inches from toe to heel.
If you take a look at a shoe size chart for kids, you’ll find that the numbers depicting the size of the shoe are vastly different between countries and continents. However, the US and the UK follow similar sizing standards, with there being only a difference of 0.5, with the US being larger than UK sizes.