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Title text: Of all the nations, the armies of the ununoctium-benders are probably the least intimidating. The xenon-benders come close, but their flickery signs are at least effective for propaganda.
In the popular children's TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender, the four nations that inhabit the world can each control one of the four classical elements: water, fire, earth and air. One person, the avatar, can control all four elements and is markedly more powerful than any other character. Mendeleev is the creator of the modern periodic table, which categorizes the 118+ elements by their atomic masses.
Polonium gained a level of notoriety as the poison used to kill Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko.
The title text talks about power levels of the elements if each element had a controlling nation as per the TV show.
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- [Aang the Avatar and Dmitri Mendeleev stand in opposition to each other. Aang wields all 4 classical elements: Water, Fire, Earth, and Air.]
- Aang: I'm the avatar, master of all 4 elements!
- Mendeleev: Really? I'm Mendeleev, master of all 118+.
- Mendeleev: That was polonium-bending. You probably didn't feel anything, but the symptoms of radiation poisoning will set in shortly.
Where did Mendeleev get the polonium from? Can he transmute elements or something? Davidy²²[talk] 08:26, 9 March 2013 (UTC)
- Did someone say transmute? 126.96.36.199 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
- If the water in Aang's body (or the water he's bending) came from the Lohontan valley region of Nevada, then his body can have as much as .2 picocuries per liter. this is not enough to kill you or even get you sick, but if Aang is bringing enough water into this epic battle Mendeleev could pull a lethal dose from that. The odds that this battle is taking place in Nevada are probably on a par with the actual Mendeleev meeting the fictional Aang. 188.8.131.52 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
Sodium bending would have been much more spectacular, due to the water.184.108.40.206 04:19, 3 January 2014 (UTC)
Mendeleev was the inventor of the original periodic chart which looks nothing like the modern one. The inventor of the Modern periodic chart was Glenn Seaborg. Kinda sorta. At least you would recognize Seaborg's chart as the modern one where if you saw Mendeleev's you would just go "WTF?". OTOH, both Seaborg and Mendeleev have elements named after them and you do not. --220.127.116.11
17:53, 16 May 2014 (UTC)