How long is 30 minutes?
It's about three-fifths as long as a Basketball game
The length of a Basketball game is about 48 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 two times as long as Louis-Antoine's reign
The length of Louis-Antoine's reign is about 20 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 half as long as an American football game
The length of an American football game is about 60 minutes.
(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.
It's about two-and-a-half times as long as The First spacewalk
The length of The First spacewalk is about 12 minutes.
(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-third as long as a Football match (Soccer game)
The length of a Football match (Soccer game) is about 90 minutes.
(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 45 minutes each, for a total of 90 minutes 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 35 hours and 20 minutes.
It's about one-tenth as long as Gone with the Wind (film)
The length of Gone with the Wind (film) is about 227 minutes.
Gone with the Wind, the multiple Academy Award-winning film, had a running time of 226 minutes 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.
It's about one-fifteenth as long as The First Indianapolis 500
The length of The First Indianapolis 500 is about 402.130 minutes.
(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-fifteenth as long as The Longest Pro Baseball Game
The length of The Longest Pro Baseball Game is about 505 minutes.
(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 one-thirtieth as long as The First light bulb test (Edison, 1879)
The length of The First light bulb test (Edison, 1879) is about 870 minutes.
(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-thirtieth as long as The First Transatlantic Flight (Alcock and Brown, 1919)
The length of The First Transatlantic Flight (Alcock and Brown, 1919) is about 972 minutes.
(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 thirty times as long as The San Francisco earthquake of 1906
The length of The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 is about 0.8750 minutes.
(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-sixty-fifth as long as The Battle of Fort Sumter
The length of The Battle of Fort Sumter is about 2,000 minutes.
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.
It's about one-one-hundredth as long as The Great Chicago Fire
The length of The Great Chicago Fire is about 3,000 minutes.
(1871) (Chicago, Illinois)
The Great Chicago Fire started at about 9am and burned for 3,000 minutes between October 8th and October 10th, 1871. Chicago had experienced twenty smaller fires in the 20,000 minutes leading up to the blaze, due to drought conditions, strong winds, and the abundance of wooden buildings at the time.
It's about 150 times as long as The First airplane flight (Wright Flyer, 1903)
The length of The First airplane flight (Wright Flyer, 1903) is about 0.20 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 200 times as long as a Pit Stop
The length of a Pit Stop is about 0.10 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.