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It's about five-and-a-half times the number of Steps in the Sears Tower
In other words, 12,000 is 5.690 times the count of Steps in the Sears Tower, and the count of Steps in the Sears Tower is 0.17570 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Willis Tower) (Chicago, Illinois) (steps per stairwell)
It's about five-and-a-half times the number of Daily Newspapers in Circulation Worldwide
In other words, 12,000 is 5.6850 times the count of Daily Newspapers in Circulation Worldwide, and the count of Daily Newspapers in Circulation Worldwide is 0.17590 times that amount.
(2013 figures) (regional and local, plus national figures; paid only)
It's about two times the number of Bishops in the Catholic Church
In other words, 12,000 is 2.2420 times the count of Bishops in the Catholic Church, and the count of Bishops in the Catholic Church is 0.4460 times that amount.
(2015 figures; total Latin and Eastern Church figures; including Pope)
It's about one-and-two-fifths times the number of Blue Whales in the World
In other words, the count of Blue Whales in the World is 0.710 times 12,000.
(Balaenoptera musculus) (2002 estimates)
The worldwide population of blue whales (as of 2002) is estimated to be between 5,000 and 12,000. An estimated 378,200 blue whales were killed during the height of whaling in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centures
It's about one-and-three-tenths times the number of Written Characters in the Chinese Language
In other words, 12,000 is 1.2830 times the count of Written Characters in the Chinese Language, and the count of Written Characters in the Chinese Language is 0.77940 times that amount.
(zhōngwén, 中文) (Hànzì, 汉字/漢字; Shuowen Jiezi count; distinct characters)
It's about the number of Benches in Central Park
(Manhattan, New York City, New York)
Central Park — the 843-acre park located in the heart of New York City — contains about 9,000 park benches. The park is one of the most famous in the world and entertains over 35 million visitors each year.
It's about one-third the number of McDonald's Locations in the World
In other words, the count of McDonald's Locations in the World is 3 times 12,000.
(2015 figures) (approximate)