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17 is a prime number.
In 1963 the Italian film director Federico Fellini released an autobiographical film Eight and a Half. A few years later a film called Seventeen was released and one film critic, who could not resist making a comparison, headed his newspaper review 'Seventeen - twice as good as Eight and a Half".
Under British law, when you reach the age of 17 -
If you look carefully at wallpaper you will always find that the pattern repeats. You also find repeating patterns on printed fabric. Mathematicians have discovered 17 different types of repeating pattern (called plane symmetry groups). Each type is different in the way it repeats - not in the colour or the shape of the pattern. If you had to wallpaper a house for a mathematician, you might use a different one of the 17 repeating patterns on each wall.