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It's about twenty times the number of Escalators in the State of Wyoming.
In other words, the count of Escalators in the State of Wyoming is 0.05 times 48.
(2013 figures)
It's about ten times the number of Living U.S. Presidents.
In other words, the count of Living U.S. Presidents is 0.10 times 48.
(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 five-and-a-half times the number of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven.
In other words, 48 is 5.333333333330 times the count of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven, and the count of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven is 0.18750 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 three times the number of Living Kings and Queens.
In other words, 48 is 3.20 times the count of Living Kings and Queens, and the count of Living Kings and Queens is 0.310 times that amount.
(2015 figures) (distinct Monarchs)
As of 2015, the world has fifteen Kings and Queens reigning over 45 countries. Of all these, Queen Elizabeth the II is the only reigning Queen; she has monarchical authority over the sixteen of the Commonwealth nations.
It's about one-and-seven-tenths times the number of Countries in the European Union.
In other words, the count of Countries in the European Union is 0.590 times 48.
(a.k.a. EU) (2016 figures)
It's about the number of Teeth in a Great White Shark's Mouth.
(Carcharodon carcharias) (average; including developing rows)
It's about nine-tenths the number of Countries in Africa.
In other words, 48 is 0.890 times the count of Countries in Africa, and the count of Countries in Africa is 1.10 times that amount.
(2016 figures) (sovereign states recognized by the UN only)
The continent of Africa includes 54 sovereign countries recognized by the United Nations as of 2016. It is the second-most populous continent in the world, with 1.1 billion inhabitants.