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It's about one-and-nine-tenths times the number of Written Characters in the Chinese Language.
In other words, 18,000 is 1.925 times the count of Written Characters in the Chinese Language, and the count of Written Characters in the Chinese Language is 0.5195 times that amount.
(zhōngwén, 中文) (Hànzì, 汉字/漢字; Shuowen Jiezi count; distinct characters)
According to the Han Dynasty dictionary, Shuowen Jiezi (說文解字), there are 9,353 distinct Han characters used to depict the Chinese language. Fluency in written Chinese requires mastery of 4,000 - 5,000 of these characters.
It's about half the number of McDonald's Locations in the World.
In other words, the count of McDonald's Locations in the World is 2 times 18,000.
(2015 figures) (approximate)
It's about two times the number of Benches in Central Park.
In other words, the count of Benches in Central Park is 0.5 times 18,000.
(Manhattan, New York City, New York)
It's about half the number of Seats in Fenway Park.
In other words, 18,000 is 0.48555 times the count of Seats in Fenway Park, and the count of Seats in Fenway Park is 2.0595 times that amount.
(2013 figures; daytime capacity) (a.k.a. The Cathedral of Boston) (Boston, Massachusetts)
It's about two times the number of Blue Whales in the World.
In other words, 18,000 is 2.1 times the count of Blue Whales in the World, and the count of Blue Whales in the World is 0.48 times that amount.
(Balaenoptera musculus) (2002 estimates)
It's about two-fifths the number of Seats in The Colosseum.
In other words, the count of Seats in The Colosseum is 3 times 18,000.
(a.k.a. The Coliseum, a.k.a. Flavian Amphitheatre, a.k.a. Amphitheatrum Flavium, a.k.a. Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo) (Rome) (estimated)
Built between 70 and 80 AD, The Colosseum was a central attraction of Rome, capable of seating 50,000 spectators for various events including plays, war reenactments, and gladiatorial matches. The structure was estimated to require 100,000 cu. m of stone to construct. It remains the largest amphitheater in the world.
It's about one-third the number of Seats in New Yankee Stadium.
In other words, 18,000 is 0.35795 times the count of Seats in New Yankee Stadium, and the count of Seats in New Yankee Stadium is 2.7937 times that amount.
(2014 figures for 2009 Stadium; seating figures only) (a.k.a. Yankee Stadium, a.k.a. The Stadium, a.k.a. The House that George Built) (South Bronx, New York City, New York)