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It's about 60 times the number of Manned Flights to Space.
In other words, 18,000 is 57.7 times the count of a Manned Flights to Space, and the count of a Manned Flights to Space is 0.0173 times that amount.
(2016 figures) (flights with at least 80km altitude; US, Russia, the Soviet Union, and China)
Since the flight of the Vostok 1 in April, 1961, there have been a total of 312 manned spaceflights under the American, Russian, Soviet, and Chinese space programs. Furthermore, the space programs of the US, Russia, the Soviet Union, France, Argentina, and Iran have launched a total 32 monkeys (specifically rhesus, cynomolgus, and squirrel monkeys, macaques, chimpanzees) into space.
It's about 60 times the number of Beatles Songs.
In other words, 18,000 is 58.3 times the count of Beatles Songs, and the count of Beatles Songs is 0.0172 times that amount.
(a.k.a. The Beatles) (1958 thru 1996)
It's about 60 times the number of Vertebrae in a Snake's Body.
In other words, the count of Vertebrae in a Snake's Body is 0.02 times 18,000.
(Serpentes) (Approximate)
It's about 65 times the number of Professional Baseball Teams in the United States.
In other words, 18,000 is 65.2 times the count of Professional Baseball Teams in the United States, and the count of Professional Baseball Teams in the United States is 0.0153 times that amount.
(2016 figures) (includes Major, Minor, and Independent Leagues)
It's about 65 times the number of Words in the Gettysburg Address.
In other words, 18,000 is 66.2 times the count of Words in the Gettysburg Address, and the count of Words in the Gettysburg Address is 0.0151 times that amount.
(Bliss text)
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, delivered November 19, 1863, at the postwar dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, lasted just over two minutes and contained an estimated (the exact wording of the original speech is disputed) 272 words. Lincoln wrote five (5) drafts of the speech, which are known today by the last names of the original recipients.
It's about 85 times the number of Bones in the Human Body.
In other words, 18,000 is 87.4 times the count of Bones in the Human Body, and the count of Bones in the Human Body is 0.0114 times that amount.
(adult, excluding sesamoid bones and ossicles)
It's about 100 times the number of John Wayne films.
In other words, 18,000 is 101 times the count of John Wayne films, and the count of John Wayne films is 0.0099 times that amount.
(a.k.a. "Duke", a.k.a. JW, a.k.a. Marion Mitchell Morrison, a.k.a. Marion Robert Morrison, a.k.a. Duke Morrison) (films starring the actor in any size role)