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It's about six times the number of Steps in the Sears Tower.
In other words, 13,000 is 6.1640 times the count of Steps in the Sears Tower, and the count of Steps in the Sears Tower is 0.16220 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Willis Tower) (Chicago, Illinois) (steps per stairwell)
It's about six times the number of Daily Newspapers in Circulation Worldwide.
In other words, 13,000 is 6.1580 times the count of Daily Newspapers in Circulation Worldwide, and the count of Daily Newspapers in Circulation Worldwide is 0.16240 times that amount.
(2013 figures) (regional and local, plus national figures; paid only)
There are 2,111 paid, daily newspapers with a regional, local, or national distribution in circulation worldwide. Combined, these newspapers have a readership of about 150 million people.
It's about two-and-a-half times the number of Bishops in the Catholic Church.
In other words, 13,000 is 2.4290 times the count of Bishops in the Catholic Church, and the count of Bishops in the Catholic Church is 0.41170 times that amount.
(2015 figures; total Latin and Eastern Church figures; including Pope)
As of 2015, there are 5,352 bishops in the Catholic Church. These bishops supervise a total of 3,127 dioceses, archdioceses, and other administrative regions.
It's about one-and-a-half times the number of Blue Whales in the World.
In other words, the count of Blue Whales in the World is 0.670 times 13,000.
(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-two-fifths times the number of Written Characters in the Chinese Language.
In other words, 13,000 is 1.390 times the count of Written Characters in the Chinese Language, and the count of Written Characters in the Chinese Language is 0.71940 times that amount.
(zhōngwén, 中文) (Hànzì, 汉字/漢字; Shuowen Jiezi count; distinct characters)
According to the Han Dynasty dictionary, Shuowen Jiezi (說文解字), there are 9,353 distinct Han characters used to depict the Chinese language. Fluency in written Chinese requires mastery of 4,000 - 5,000 of these characters.
It's about the number of Benches in Central Park.
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 2.80 times 13,000.
(2015 figures) (approximate)
Operating in 119 countries, there are currently 36,000 McDonald's locations worldwide. From 1955 thru 1993, many McDonald's locations advertised the number in billions of hamburgers sold on their external signs, but abandoned theses updates after the figure passed 100 billion.