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How much is 42,000?

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It's about one-five-hundred-fiftieth the number of Books in the Library of Congress (2013).
In other words, 42,000 is 0.0017802595 times the count of Books in the Library of Congress (2013), and the count of Books in the Library of Congress (2013) is 561.715860 times that amount.
(2013 figures) (total of books only)
It's about 600 times the number of Submarines in the US Navy.
In other words, 42,000 is 580 times the count of Submarines in the US Navy, and the count of Submarines in the US Navy is 0.0017 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Subs) (includes all types, all classes) (2015 figures)
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)
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)
It's about one-nine-hundredth the number of people in The State of California.
In other words, 42,000 is 0.001095 times the count of people in The State of California, and the count of people in The State of California is 913.20 times that amount.
(2014 figures) (Department of Finance estimate)
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 one-one-thousand-five-hundredth the number of Copies of Michael Jackson's Thriller Sold (2011).
In other words, the count of Copies of Michael Jackson's Thriller Sold (2011) is 1,600 times 42,000.
(sales figures as of 1990) (1982 release)