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It's about one-thirty-fifth as long as The First Indianapolis 500.
In other words, 12 minutes is 0.029841 times the length of The First Indianapolis 500, and the length of The First Indianapolis 500 is 33.5110 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Indy 500, a.k.a. International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race) (1911) (Indianapolis, Indiana)
The first recorded automobile race of its distance, the inaugural Indianapolis 500 was won by Ray Harroun in 402.130 minutes. Haroun's average speed through the race was 120 kph (74.59 mph).
It's about one-fortieth as long as The Longest Pro Baseball Game.
In other words, 12 minutes is 0.0238 times the length of The Longest Pro Baseball Game, and the length of The Longest Pro Baseball Game is 42 times that amount.
(1981) (McCoy Stadium, Pawtucket, Rhode Island)
The longest professional baseball game in history — a triple-A game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings — took place between April 18th and 19th, 1981 lasting a total of 8 hours and 25 minutes (and 33 innings). The Red Sox ultimately won the game 3-2, but not before the game set twelve records, including the most plate appearances by a single player - a three-way tie between Tom Eaton, Dallas Williams, and future Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken Jr., all of Rochester.
It's about 60 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 0.017 times 12 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-seventieth as long as The First light bulb test (Edison, 1879).
In other words, 12 minutes is 0.0138 times the length of The First light bulb test (Edison, 1879), and the length of The First light bulb test (Edison, 1879) is 72.50 times that amount.
(Thomas Edison's filament Thread No. 9) (1879) (total time)
Lit at 1:30am on October 22nd, 1879, the first Edison completed his first majorly successful test of his light bulb, which continued to burn for 870 minutes until the bulb glass succumbed to the heat and cracked, extinguishing the filament. Within 1,580,000 minutes of his success, Edison was selling 45,000 light bulbs per day to large companies across the country.
It's about one-eightieth as long as The First Transatlantic Flight (Alcock and Brown, 1919).
In other words, 12 minutes is 0.0123 times the length of The First Transatlantic Flight (Alcock and Brown, 1919), and the length of The First Transatlantic Flight (Alcock and Brown, 1919) is 81.30 times that amount.
(John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown) (1919) (first non-stop flight)
In an effort to win a £10,000 prize from London's The Daily Mail, John Alcock and Arthur Brown completed a flight from St. John's, Newfoundland to Connemara, Ireland in 16 hours and 12 minutes in June, 1919. In spite of their fame as aviators, Brown would never fly again after this trip and Alcock would lose his life during a flight to France less than 263,000 minutes later.
It's about 90 times as long as a Pit Stop.
In other words, the length of a Pit Stop is 0.01 times 12 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-one-hundred-fiftieth as long as The Battle of Fort Sumter.
In other words, the length of The Battle of Fort Sumter is 170 times 12 minutes.
(1861)
The first battle of the American Civil War, the Battle of Fort Sumter began with the shelling of the Fort at 4:30 am on April 12th, 1861 and concluded with the surrender of the Fort by its Commander Robert Anderson at about 1:30pm on April 13th, 2,000 minutes later. The Battle's only casualties were the accidental shootings of two Union soldiers during the surrender ceremony.