Now I’m 17.

I found out some interesting facts about the number 17.

  • Seventeen is the 7th prime number.
  • 17 is the sum of the first four primes.

17 in the Bible:

  • The number 17 is used 13 times in the Bible: Genesis 7:11, 8:4, 37:2, 47:28; 1 Kings 14:21, 22:52; 2 Kings 13:1, 16:1; 1 Chronicles 24:15, 25:24; 2 Chronicles 12:13; Jeremiah 32:9; Judith 1:13. The word “seventeen” is used 17 times; the four additional references are: Judges 8:14; 1 Chronicles 7:11; Ezra 2:39; Nehemiah 7:42.
  • The 17th book is the shortest. Someone has spent 17 years looking for the exact middle point of the Bible. It is the psalm 117 which is the shortest. The longest one is the psalm 119 (divisible by 17).
  • 2² + 3² + 5² + 7² + 11² + 13² + 17² = 666 (number of the Beast).
  • The Flood started on the 17th. Noah’s Ark landed on the Mount Ararat (alt. 17,000 feet) on the 17th.

Weird 17:

  • The Italians fear the 17’s, because 17 is written XVII in Roman numerals, which is the anagram of VIXI, which means “I lived”, i.e. “I am dead”. In Italy, buildings do not have a 17th floor, hotels do not have a room 17, and Alitalia planes do not have a seat 17 [neither do Air Inter planes and British Airways Concordes]. When Renault marketed its R17 and wanted to export it to Italy, it had to be renamed “Renault 177”. Napoleon Bonaparte, who was more Italian than French in his education, refused to give the signal for his coup on “vendredi 17 brumaire” and postponed it until the following day.



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