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It's about four-fifths the number of Living U.S. Presidents
In other words, the count of Living U.S. Presidents is 1 times 3.
(a.k.a. Presidents of the United States; a.k.a. Presidents of the United States of America; a.k.a. POTUS), (2016 figures) (including current)
It's about two times the number of Escalators in the State of Wyoming
In other words, the count of Escalators in the State of Wyoming is 0.50 times 3.
(2013 figures)
There are only two escalators in the State of Wyoming (although there are apparently plenty of elevators). It is speculated that the lack of escalators is due to the older age of the buildings and the abundance of cheap land resulting in single-story structures. At the time the last count of escalators was made, the state had a population of just 576,000 people.
It's about one-third the number of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven
In other words, 3 is 0.3333333333330 times the count of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven, and the count of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven is 3 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Ludwig van Beethoven)
It's about one-fifth the number of Living Kings and Queens
In other words, the count of Living Kings and Queens is 5 times 3.
(2015 figures) (distinct Monarchs)
It's about one-tenth the number of Countries in the European Union
In other words, 3 is 0.110 times the count of Countries in the European Union, and the count of Countries in the European Union is 9.10 times that amount.
(a.k.a. EU) (2016 figures)
There are 27 member countries in the European Union, the latest member of which is Croatia. The EU is largely urban, with over twenty cities having a population of one million or more, and 75% of the population living in an urban area.
It's about one-fifteenth the number of Teeth in a Great White Shark's Mouth
In other words, the count of Teeth in a Great White Shark's Mouth is 16 times 3.
(Carcharodon carcharias) (average; including developing rows)
A Great White Shark has 48 exposed teeth on their upper and lower jaws. Behind these exposed teeth are developing teeth — up to 300 in about 5 rows. The sharks will continuously lose and replace the exposed teeth throughout their lives.
It's about one-twentieth the number of Countries in Africa
In other words, the count of Countries in Africa is 19 times 3.
(2016 figures) (sovereign states recognized by the UN only)