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It's about two-fifths the number of Union Stations in the United States.
In other words, 56 is 0.415 times the count of Union Stations in the United States, and the count of Union Stations in the United States is 2.41 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Union Terminal; a.k.a. Joint Station; a.k.a. Union Depot) (2016 figures)
Typically shared between multiple railroad companies and stations, there are about 135 "Union Stations" in the United States. Of these, the busiest station is Chicago Union Station, which handles 120,000 passengers each year.
It's about two-fifths the number of Moons in our Solar System.
In other words, 56 is 0.384 times the count of Moons in our Solar System, and the count of Moons in our Solar System is 2.6 times that amount.
(2015 figures) (confirmed moons only; dwarf planet satellites not included)
It's about three-tenths the number of John Wayne films.
In other words, 56 is 0.315 times the count of John Wayne films, and the count of John Wayne films is 3.17 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)
It's about one-fourth the number of Bones in the Human Body.
In other words, 56 is 0.272 times the count of Bones in the Human Body, and the count of Bones in the Human Body is 3.68 times that amount.
(adult, excluding sesamoid bones and ossicles)
It's about three-and-a-half times the number of Living Kings and Queens.
In other words, the count of Living Kings and Queens is 0.27 times 56.
(2015 figures) (distinct Monarchs)
It's about one-fifth the number of Words in the Gettysburg Address.
In other words, 56 is 0.206 times the count of Words in the Gettysburg Address, and the count of Words in the Gettysburg Address is 4.85 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 one-fifth the number of Professional Baseball Teams in the United States.
In other words, 56 is 0.203 times the count of Professional Baseball Teams in the United States, and the count of Professional Baseball Teams in the United States is 4.93 times that amount.
(2016 figures) (includes Major, Minor, and Independent Leagues)