It's about the number of Words in the Gettysburg Address.
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 the number of Professional Baseball Teams in the United States.
In other words, the count of Professional Baseball Teams in the United States is 1.01 times 272.(2016 figures) (includes Major, Minor, and Independent Leagues)
Nicknamed "America's pastime," there are 276 professional baseball teams in the United States (across all levels of play). Major League Baseball — the league with the highest level of professional play — drew more than 74 million spectators at gmes in 2013.
It's about nine-tenths the number of Vertebrae in a Snake's Body.
In other words, the count of Vertebrae in a Snake's Body is 1 times 272.(Serpentes) (Approximate)
It's about nine-tenths the number of Beatles Songs.
In other words, 272 is 0.880 times the count of Beatles Songs, and the count of Beatles Songs is 1.140 times that amount.(a.k.a. The Beatles) (1958 thru 1996)
It's about nine-tenths the number of Manned Flights to Space.
In other words, 272 is 0.8720 times the count of a Manned Flights to Space, and the count of a Manned Flights to Space is 1.150 times that amount.(2016 figures) (flights with at least 80km altitude; US, Russia, the Soviet Union, and China)
It's about four-fifths the number of Sesame Seeds on a Big Mac bun.
In other words, 272 is 0.780 times the count of Sesame Seeds on a Big Mac bun, and the count of Sesame Seeds on a Big Mac bun is 1.30 times that amount.(McDonald's sandwich; approximate figures)
It's about one-and-one-third times the number of Bones in the Human Body.