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It's about three-and-a-half times as long as The San Francisco earthquake of 1906.
In other words, 3 minutes is 3.430 times the length of The San Francisco earthquake of 1906, and the length of The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 is 0.2920 times that amount.
(1906) (Mussel Rock Fault, California) (sensible duration)
The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 caused perceptible shaking of the ground for about 0.8750 minutes. The most devastating natural disaster in California's history, the quake was felt as far away and southern Oregon and western Nevada, and resulted in about 3,000 deaths, the displacement of 55% - 70% of the city's population, and the shifting of some spots of ground by up to 6 m (20 ft).
It's about one-fourth as long as The First spacewalk.
In other words, 3 minutes is 0.250 times the length of The First spacewalk, and the length of The First spacewalk is 4 times that amount.
(1965) (Alexi Lenovo, a.k.a. Алексе́й Архи́пович Лео́нов)
On March 18th, 1965, during the Voskhod 2 Soviet space mission, cosmonaut Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov conducted the first human spacewalk, which lasted 12 minutes. The total mission length was 1,600 minutes.
It's about one-fifth as long as Louis-Antoine's reign.
In other words, the length of Louis-Antoine's reign is 5 times 3 minutes.
(a.k.a. Louis-Antoine d'Artois, petit-fils de France, fils de France, duc d'Angoulême, a.k.a. Count of Marnes) (1830)
Following his father, Charles X's, abdication on the eve of the 1830 French Revolution, Louis-Antoine d'Artois was technically king for a period of approximately twenty minutes on August 2nd, 1830. Louis-Antoine's only official act as king was to abdicate the throne to his nephew, the Henri, the Duke of Bordeaux.
It's about fifteen times as long as The First airplane flight (Wright Flyer, 1903).
In other words, the length of The First airplane flight (Wright Flyer, 1903) is 0.067 times 3 minutes.
(Wright Flyer) (1903)
The first successful airplane flight was made by Orville Wright on December 17th, 1903 and lasted 0.20 minutes, covering a horizontal distance of 37 m (121.39 ft). The stopwatch used by Orville and his brother Wilbur to time this flight is on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
It's about one-fifteenth as long as a Basketball game.
In other words, the length of a Basketball game is 16 times 3 minutes.
(NBA regulation; playing time only)
Per National Basketball Association rules , a basketball game (without an overtime) consists of four periods of 12 minutes each, for a total of 48 minutes of playing time. The first basketball game, played in a Springfield Massachusetts YMCA, was played in two 15-minute halves and ended with a score of 1-0.
It's about twenty times as long as a Pit Stop.
In other words, the length of a Pit Stop is 0.05 times 3 minutes.
(for IndyCar racing; optimal)
A well-executed, IndyCar racing pit stop takes just 0.10 minutes. Changing all four tires takes about 0.05 minutes.
It's about one-twentieth as long as The Football game (American).
In other words, the length of The Football game (American) is 20 times 3 minutes.
(a.k.a. American football) (per NFL rules; playing time only)
Per National Football League Rules, an American football game consists of four periods of 15 minutes each for a total of 60 minutes. The total duration of a football game can often be more than three hours, including stoppages of play, the intermission at halftime, team timeouts, and, in televised games, commercial timeouts. The Super Bowl — the highest-profile game of the sport — aired 45 minutes of commercials in 2009.