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It's about sixteen times the number of Inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In other words, the count of Inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is 0.0625 times 12,000.
(November, 2015 figures) (including individuals and groups)
It's about eighteen times the number of Members of Parliament (The U.K.).
In other words, the count of Members of Parliament (The U.K.) is 0.056 times 12,000.
(a.k.a. MPs) (2016 figures) (formally "Members of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland")
It's about twenty times the number of Kernels on an Ear of Corn.
In other words, the count of Kernels on an Ear of Corn is 0.05 times 12,000.
(Corn, a.k.a. Maize; Kernel a.k.a. Seed) (average) (for Dent Corn, a.k.a. field corn)
An average ear of dent corn, the kind grown to feed to animals and to make other foods, has an average of 800 kernels. Each acre of corn yields about 15,900 ears of corn.
It's about twenty times the number of Stores in the Mall of America.
In other words, the count of Stores in the Mall of America is 0.043 times 12,000.
(a.k.a. MOA, a.k.a. MoA, a.k.a. Megamall) (Bloomington, Minnesota) (2015 figures) (approximate)
It's about thirty times the number of Olympic Gold Medals Won by the Soviet Union.
In other words, 12,000 is 25.40 times the count of Olympic Gold Medals Won by the Soviet Union, and the count of Olympic Gold Medals Won by the Soviet Union is 0.0394 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, a.k.a. USSR, a.k.a. Сою́з Сове́тских Социалисти́ческих Респу́блик, a.k.a. CCCP) (a.k.a. Olympic Games, a.k.a. Jeux olympiques) (Summer and Winter Games grand totals; excluding Russian Federation Medals) (1952 thru 1988 figures)
During its 19 appearances in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, the Soviet Union was awarded 473 gold medals. The Union holds the as-yet-unbroken record for gold medals in gymnastics, with 72.
It's about thirty times the number of Sesame Seeds on a Big Mac bun.
In other words, the count of Sesame Seeds on a Big Mac bun is 0.029 times 12,000.
(McDonald's sandwich; approximate figures)
It's about forty times the number of Manned Flights to Space.
In other words, 12,000 is 38.50 times the count of a Manned Flights to Space, and the count of a Manned Flights to Space is 0.026 times that amount.
(2016 figures) (flights with at least 80km altitude; US, Russia, the Soviet Union, and China)