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It's about 250 times the number of John Wayne films.
In other words, 42,000 is 236 times the count of John Wayne films, and the count of John Wayne films is 0.00424 times that amount.
(a.k.a. "Duke", a.k.a. JW, a.k.a. Marion Mitchell Morrison, a.k.a. Marion Robert Morrison, a.k.a. Duke Morrison) (films starring the actor in any size role)
Known for his distinctive voice and walk, Oscar-winning Western actor John Wayne appeared in 178 films between 1926 and 1976. He was said to have the lead role in 142 of those films.
It's about 300 times the number of Moons in our Solar System.
In other words, 42,000 is 288 times the count of Moons in our Solar System, and the count of Moons in our Solar System is 0.00347 times that amount.
(2015 figures) (confirmed moons only; dwarf planet satellites not included)
Astronomers and other scientists have confirmed the presence of 146 moons orbiting the major planets of our Solar System. About one third of those moons — 53 — are in orbit around the planet Saturn
It's about 300 times the number of Union Stations in the United States.
In other words, 42,000 is 311 times the count of Union Stations in the United States, and the count of Union Stations in the United States is 0.00322 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Union Terminal; a.k.a. Joint Station; a.k.a. Union Depot) (2016 figures)
It's about 350 times the number of Elements on the Periodic Table.
In other words, 42,000 is 356 times the count of Elements on the Periodic Table, and the count of Elements on the Periodic Table is 0.00281 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Periodic Table of the Elements, a.k.a chemical elements) (confirmed elements as of 2016)
It's about 400 times the number of Wolves in Yellowstone National Park.
In other words, 42,000 is 404 times the count of Wolves in Yellowstone National Park, and the count of Wolves in Yellowstone National Park is 0.00248 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Henihco'oo; a.k.a. Héetíhco'oo) (December 2014 figures; Wyoming Park area)
It's about one-four-hundred-fiftieth the number of VIsitors to Walt Disney World Each Year.
In other words, 42,000 is 0.0022595 times the count of VIsitors to Walt Disney World Each Year, and the count of VIsitors to Walt Disney World Each Year is 442.580 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Walk Disney World Resort, a.k.a. Walt Disney World, a.k.a. WDW) (Lake Buena Vista and Bay Lake, Florida) (2013 figures) (for The Magic Kingdom; approximate; annual attendance totals)
It's about 500 times the number of Keys on a Piano.
In other words, the count of Keys on a Piano is 0.0021 times 42,000.
(Moden layout; A0 to C7)
Most modern keyboards have 88 keys, comprising seven octaves and an additional major third. A full-size, acoustic piano may have as many as 12,000 separate parts.