988 is the maximum number of pieces into which 18 cuts can divide a cube (A000125).
988 is the sum of four consecutive primes (A034963): 988 = 239 + 241 + 251 + 257.
988 is the number of walks of length 6 on a square lattice, starting at the origin, staying on points x greater than or equal to 0 and y less than or equal to x (A060900).
988 and the 988th prime (7817) have only one digit in common (A107939): 8.
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