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It's about one-fifth the number of Words in the Gettysburg Address.
In other words, 48 is 0.1760 times the count of Words in the Gettysburg Address, and the count of Words in the Gettysburg Address is 5.680 times that amount.
(Bliss text)
It's about one-fifth the number of Professional Baseball Teams in the United States.
In other words, 48 is 0.1740 times the count of Professional Baseball Teams in the United States, and the count of Professional Baseball Teams in the United States is 5.750 times that amount.
(2016 figures) (includes Major, Minor, and Independent Leagues)
It's about one-fifth the number of Beatles Songs.
In other words, 48 is 0.1550 times the count of Beatles Songs, and the count of Beatles Songs is 6.450 times that amount.
(a.k.a. The Beatles) (1958 thru 1996)
It's about one-fifth the number of Manned Flights to Space.
In other words, 48 is 0.1540 times the count of a Manned Flights to Space, and the count of a Manned Flights to Space is 6.490 times that amount.
(2016 figures) (flights with at least 80km altitude; US, Russia, the Soviet Union, and China)
It's about one-tenth the number of Sesame Seeds on a Big Mac bun.
In other words, 48 is 0.140 times the count of Sesame Seeds on a Big Mac bun, and the count of Sesame Seeds on a Big Mac bun is 7.10 times that amount.
(McDonald's sandwich; approximate figures)
Each McDonald's Big Mac crown bun contains about 350 sesame seeds. McDonald's serves about 1.57 million Big Macs to its customers each day.
It's about one-tenth the number of Olympic Gold Medals Won by the Soviet Union.
In other words, 48 is 0.1010 times the count of Olympic Gold Medals Won by the Soviet Union, and the count of Olympic Gold Medals Won by the Soviet Union is 9.90 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, a.k.a. USSR, a.k.a. Сою́з Сове́тских Социалисти́ческих Респу́блик, a.k.a. CCCP) (a.k.a. Olympic Games, a.k.a. Jeux olympiques) (Summer and Winter Games grand totals; excluding Russian Federation Medals) (1952 thru 1988 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)
As of this writing, there are five living United States Presidents — President Carter, President Clinton, President Obama, and the two Presidents Bush. At no point in U.S. history have their been more than six (6) living presidents, this circumstance having occurred three times.