Eyeballing the height of a building or tree can sometimes be frighteningly inaccurate. Many a daredevil has injured himself or herself by critically underestimating the height of a tree, cliff or building. Or maybe you just want to know how far you'd have to jump if your fire escape broke. Luckily, there are two methods for obtaining more-accurate height estimates without trying to find a long-enough tape measure.
Wired explains it all.
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