It's about as long as The First spacewalk
It's about seven-tenths as long as Louis-Antoine's reign
In other words, the length of Louis-Antoine's reign is 1 times 72,000,000,000 shakes.(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 100,000,000,000 shakes 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 one-fourth as long as a Basketball game
In other words, 72,000,000,000 shakes is 0.250 times the length of a Basketball game, and the length of a Basketball game is 4 times that amount.(NBA regulation; playing time only)
Per National Basketball Association rules , a basketball game (without an overtime) consists of four periods of 72,000,000,000 shakes each, for a total of 288,000,000,000 shakes of playing time. The first basketball game, played in a Springfield Massachusetts YMCA, was played in 180,000,000,000 shakes and ended with a score of 1-0.
It's about one-fifth as long as The Football game (American)
In other words, the length of The Football game (American) is 5 times 72,000,000,000 shakes.(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 90,000,000,000 shakes each for a total of 360,000,000,000 shakes. 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 270,000,000,000 shakes of commercials in 2009.
It's about one-tenth as long as a Football game (Association) (Soccer)
In other words, 72,000,000,000 shakes is 0.130 times the length of a Football game (Association) (Soccer), and the length of a Football game (Association) (Soccer) is 7.70 times that amount.(a.k.a. association football, a.k.a. soccer) (per FIFA rules; playing time only)
Per Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Laws of the Game, an association football game consists of two periods of 270,000,000,000 shakes each, for a total of 540,000,000,000 shakes of playing time (except in games played by women, or by players under 16 or over 35 years of age). The longest recorded amateur football game was a 2009 match in the Filipino town of Barotac Nuevo that lasted for 13,000,000,000,000 shakes.
It's about thirteen-and-a-half times as long as The San Francisco earthquake of 1906
In other words, the length of The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 is 0.073 times 72,000,000,000 shakes.(1906) (Mussel Rock Fault, California) (sensible duration)
The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 caused perceptible shaking of the ground for about 5,250,000,000 shakes. 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-twentieth as long as Gone with the Wind (film)
In other words, 72,000,000,000 shakes is 0.0529 times the length of Gone with the Wind (film), and the length of Gone with the Wind (film) is 18.90 times that amount.(1939)
Gone with the Wind, the multiple Academy Award-winning film, had a running time of 1,360,000,000,000 shakes for its 1939 copyright release. The scene depicting the burning of the Atlanta Depot cost $25,000 (unadjusted) and was filmed on a 0.16 sq. km (40-acre) set using all seven Technicolor cameras in existence at the time.