One thing you (ought to) learn very early on in an Oracle career is that there are always cases you haven’t previously considered. It’s a feature that is frequently the downfall of “I found it on the internet” SQL. Here’s one (heavily paraphrased) example that appeared on the OTN database forum a few days ago:
select table_name,round((blocks*8),2)||’kb’ “size” from user_tables where table_name = ‘MYTABLE';
select table_name,round((num_rows*avg_row_len/1024),2)||’kb’ “size” from user_tables where table_name = ‘MYTABLE';
The result from the first query is 704 kb, the result from the second is 25.4 kb … fragmentation, rebuild, CTAS etc. etc.