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It's about 20,000 times the number of Escalators in the State of Wyoming.
In other words, the count of Escalators in the State of Wyoming is 0.0000500 times 42,000.
(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 8,000 times the number of Living U.S. Presidents.
In other words, the count of Living U.S. Presidents is 0.0001 times 42,000.
(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 4,500 times the number of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven.
In other words, 42,000 is 4,666.666666670 times the count of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven, and the count of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven is 0.000214285714286 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Ludwig van Beethoven)
It's about 3,000 times the number of Living Kings and Queens.
In other words, 42,000 is 2,800 times the count of Living Kings and Queens, and the count of Living Kings and Queens is 0.00036 times that amount.
(2015 figures) (distinct Monarchs)
It's about 1,500 times the number of Countries in the European Union.
In other words, the count of Countries in the European Union is 0.00067 times 42,000.
(a.k.a. EU) (2016 figures)
It's about 900 times the number of Teeth in a Great White Shark's Mouth.
In other words, 42,000 is 880 times the count of Teeth in a Great White Shark's Mouth, and the count of Teeth in a Great White Shark's Mouth is 0.0011 times that amount.
(Carcharodon carcharias) (average; including developing rows)
A Great White Shark has 48 exposed teeth on their upper and lower jaws. Behind these exposed teeth are developing teeth — up to 300 in about 5 rows. The sharks will continuously lose and replace the exposed teeth throughout their lives.
It's about 800 times the number of Countries in Africa.
In other words, 42,000 is 780 times the count of Countries in Africa, and the count of Countries in Africa is 0.0013 times that amount.
(2016 figures) (sovereign states recognized by the UN only)