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It's about 150 times the number of Submarines in the US Navy
In other words, the count of Submarines in the US Navy is 0.0059 times 12,000.
(a.k.a. Subs) (includes all types, all classes) (2015 figures)
The United States Navy maintains a fleet of 72 active submarines. A typical submarine goes to sea with a crew of about 140.
It's about 150 times the number of Keys on a Piano
In other words, the count of Keys on a Piano is 0.0071 times 12,000.
(Moden layout; A0 to C7)
It's about 100 times the number of Wolves in Yellowstone National Park
In other words, 12,000 is 115 times the count of Wolves in Yellowstone National Park, and the count of Wolves in Yellowstone National Park is 0.0087 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Henihco'oo; a.k.a. Héetíhco'oo) (December 2014 figures; Wyoming Park area)
It's about 100 times the number of Elements on the Periodic Table
In other words, 12,000 is 102 times the count of Elements on the Periodic Table, and the count of Elements on the Periodic Table is 0.0098 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Periodic Table of the Elements, a.k.a chemical elements) (confirmed elements as of 2016)
From element number one, hydrogen, to element one-hundred eighteen, ununoctium, there are 118 confirmed elements on the Periodic Table. Ninety-four of the elements exist in nature, and the remaining twenty-four have only been synthesized in labs (not having occurred naturally in the time since scientists have begun researching them)
It's about 90 times the number of Union Stations in the United States
In other words, 12,000 is 88.90 times the count of Union Stations in the United States, and the count of Union Stations in the United States is 0.0112 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Union Terminal; a.k.a. Joint Station; a.k.a. Union Depot) (2016 figures)
It's about 80 times the number of Moons in our Solar System
In other words, 12,000 is 82.20 times the count of Moons in our Solar System, and the count of Moons in our Solar System is 0.0122 times that amount.
(2015 figures) (confirmed moons only; dwarf planet satellites not included)
It's about 65 times the number of John Wayne films
In other words, 12,000 is 67.40 times the count of John Wayne films, and the count of John Wayne films is 0.0148 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)