It's about two-and-a-half times as long as The San Francisco earthquake of 1906.
In other words, 144 seconds is 2.740 times the length of The San Francisco earthquake of 1906, and the length of The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 is 0.3650 times that amount.(1906) (Mussel Rock Fault, California) (sensible duration)
The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 caused perceptible shaking of the ground for about 45 to 60 seconds. 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-fifth as long as The First spacewalk.
In other words, the length of The First spacewalk is 5 times 144 seconds.(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 720 seconds. The total mission length was 1 day, 2 hours, 2 minutes, and 17 seconds.
It's about one-tenth as long as Louis-Antoine's reign.
In other words, the length of Louis-Antoine's reign is 10 times 144 seconds.(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 1,000 seconds 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 twelve 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 0.083 times 144 seconds.(Wright Flyer) (1903)
The first successful airplane flight was made by Orville Wright on December 17th, 1903 and lasted 12 seconds, 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 twenty times as long as a Pit Stop.
It's about one-twentieth as long as a Basketball game.
In other words, the length of a Basketball game is 20 times 144 seconds.(NBA regulation; playing time only)
Per National Basketball Association rules , a basketball game (without an overtime) consists of four periods of 720 seconds each, for a total of 2,880 seconds of playing time. The first basketball game, played in a Springfield Massachusetts YMCA, was played in 1,800 seconds and ended with a score of 1-0.
It's about one-twenty-fifth as long as The Football game (American).
In other words, the length of The Football game (American) is 25 times 144 seconds.(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 900 seconds each for a total of 3,600 seconds. 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 and 10 seconds of commercials in 2009.