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It's about one-thirtieth the number of Blue Whales in the World.
In other words, the count of Blue Whales in the World is 30 times 280.
(Balaenoptera musculus) (2002 estimates)
It's about thirty times the number of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven.
In other words, 280 is 31.11111111110 times the count of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven, and the count of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven is 0.0321428571429 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Ludwig van Beethoven)
Over the course of his life, Beethoven composed nine symphonies over the course of a twenty-four year period. After his death in early 1827, an estimated 20,000 Austrian citizens attended his public funeral.
It's about one-thirty-fifth the number of Benches in Central Park.
In other words, the count of Benches in Central Park is 30 times 280.
(Manhattan, New York City, New York)
It's about one-thirty-fifth the number of Written Characters in the Chinese Language.
In other words, 280 is 0.02994 times the count of Written Characters in the Chinese Language, and the count of Written Characters in the Chinese Language is 33.40 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 60 times the number of Living U.S. Presidents.
In other words, the count of Living U.S. Presidents is 0.02 times 280.
(a.k.a. Presidents of the United States; a.k.a. Presidents of the United States of America; a.k.a. POTUS), (2016 figures) (including current)
It's about 100 times the number of Escalators in the State of Wyoming.
In other words, the count of Escalators in the State of Wyoming is 0.01 times 280.
(2013 figures)
There are only two escalators in the State of Wyoming (although there are apparently plenty of elevators). It is speculated that the lack of escalators is due to the older age of the buildings and the abundance of cheap land resulting in single-story structures. At the time the last count of escalators was made, the state had a population of just 576,000 people.
It's about one-one-hundred-fiftieth the number of McDonald's Locations in the World.
In other words, the count of McDonald's Locations in the World is 130 times 280.
(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.