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It's about one-third the number of Union Stations in the United States.
In other words, 48 is 0.3560 times the count of Union Stations in the United States, and the count of Union Stations in the United States is 2.810 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Union Terminal; a.k.a. Joint Station; a.k.a. Union Depot) (2016 figures)
It's about one-third the number of Moons in our Solar System.
In other words, 48 is 0.3290 times the count of Moons in our Solar System, and the count of Moons in our Solar System is 3.04 times that amount.
(2015 figures) (confirmed moons only; dwarf planet satellites not included)
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)
It's about one-fourth the number of John Wayne films.
In other words, 48 is 0.270 times the count of John Wayne films, and the count of John Wayne films is 3.70 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 one-fourth the number of Bones in the Human Body.
In other words, 48 is 0.2330 times the count of Bones in the Human Body, and the count of Bones in the Human Body is 4.290 times that amount.
(adult, excluding sesamoid bones and ossicles)
It's about one-fifth the number of Vertebrae in a Snake's Body.
In other words, the count of Vertebrae in a Snake's Body is 5 times 48.
(Serpentes) (Approximate)
Most snakes have 300 or more vertebrae, sometimes as many as 400. There are over 3,400 distinct species of snakes in the world.
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)