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It's about the number of Blue Whales in the World.
(Balaenoptera musculus) (2002 estimates)
The worldwide population of blue whales (as of 2002) is estimated to be between 5,000 and 12,000. An estimated 378,200 blue whales were killed during the height of whaling in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centures
It's about the number of Benches in Central Park.
It's about nine-tenths the number of Written Characters in the Chinese Language.
In other words, 8,700 is 0.9302 times the count of Written Characters in the Chinese Language, and the count of Written Characters in the Chinese Language is 1.075 times that amount.
(zhōngwén, 中文) (Hànzì, 汉字/漢字; Shuowen Jiezi count; distinct characters)
It's about one-and-three-fifths times the number of Bishops in the Catholic Church.
In other words, 8,700 is 1.626 times the count of Bishops in the Catholic Church, and the count of Bishops in the Catholic Church is 0.615 times that amount.
(2015 figures; total Latin and Eastern Church figures; including Pope)
It's about four times the number of Daily Newspapers in Circulation Worldwide.
In other words, 8,700 is 4.121 times the count of Daily Newspapers in Circulation Worldwide, and the count of Daily Newspapers in Circulation Worldwide is 0.2427 times that amount.
(2013 figures) (regional and local, plus national figures; paid only)
It's about four times the number of Steps in the Sears Tower.
In other words, 8,700 is 4.125 times the count of Steps in the Sears Tower, and the count of Steps in the Sears Tower is 0.2424 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Willis Tower) (Chicago, Illinois) (steps per stairwell)
It's about one-fourth the number of McDonald's Locations in the World.
In other words, 8,700 is 0.24 times the count of McDonald's Locations in the World, and the count of McDonald's Locations in the World is 4.2 times that amount.
(2015 figures) (approximate)
Operating in 119 countries, there are currently 36,000 McDonald's locations worldwide. From 1955 thru 1993, many McDonald's locations advertised the number in billions of hamburgers sold on their external signs, but abandoned theses updates after the figure passed 100 billion.