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It's about half the number of Words in the Gettysburg Address
In other words, 142 is 0.5220 times the count of Words in the Gettysburg Address, and the count of Words in the Gettysburg Address is 1.920 times that amount.
(Bliss text)
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, delivered November 19, 1863, at the postwar dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, lasted just over two minutes and contained an estimated (the exact wording of the original speech is disputed) 272 words. Lincoln wrote five (5) drafts of the speech, which are known today by the last names of the original recipients.
It's about half the number of Professional Baseball Teams in the United States
In other words, 142 is 0.5140 times the count of Professional Baseball Teams in the United States, and the count of Professional Baseball Teams in the United States is 1.950 times that amount.
(2016 figures) (includes Major, Minor, and Independent Leagues)
Nicknamed "America's pastime," there are 276 professional baseball teams in the United States (across all levels of play). Major League Baseball — the league with the highest level of professional play — drew more than 74 million spectators at gmes in 2013.
It's about two times the number of Submarines in the US Navy
In other words, the count of Submarines in the US Navy is 0.50 times 142.
(a.k.a. Subs) (includes all types, all classes) (2015 figures)
It's about half the number of Vertebrae in a Snake's Body
In other words, the count of Vertebrae in a Snake's Body is 2 times 142.
(Serpentes) (Approximate)
Most snakes have 300 or more vertebrae, sometimes as many as 400. There are over 3,400 distinct species of snakes in the world.
It's about half the number of Beatles Songs
In other words, 142 is 0.460 times the count of Beatles Songs, and the count of Beatles Songs is 2.170 times that amount.
(a.k.a. The Beatles) (1958 thru 1996)
It's about half the number of Manned Flights to Space
In other words, 142 is 0.4550 times the count of a Manned Flights to Space, and the count of a Manned Flights to Space is 2.20 times that amount.
(2016 figures) (flights with at least 80km altitude; US, Russia, the Soviet Union, and China)
It's about two-fifths the number of Sesame Seeds on a Big Mac bun
In other words, 142 is 0.410 times the count of Sesame Seeds on a Big Mac bun, and the count of Sesame Seeds on a Big Mac bun is 2.40 times that amount.
(McDonald's sandwich; approximate figures)