A society for the intellectually pretentious. Not all Mensa members are pretentious egomaniacs, but... ok, yes we are. But, some of us aren't snobs.
Some people makes jokes about paying money to have an IQ test administered and then paying more money in annual dues just for the right to be in such an organization. I make those same jokes and I'm a member (It does make for good resume fluff and I will confirm that it has helped when my potential employers knew of the organization). The conversations are agonizing and the Mensa Bulletin (monthly magazine) runs a high probability of making your eyes bleed.
The best part about being a Mensa member is knowing someone with about 130 IQ and calling them "normie" (cute term for those with normal intelligence. Get it?! Ha...) and talking down to them.
Entrance to the organization requires a professionally administered IQ test with a result showing the taker to be in the top 2% of the population. For those without any previous qualifying tests, Mensa administers two tests ($30, which really isn't terribly bad for a professioanlly administered and graded test). A 98th percentile passing grade is only needed on one of the two tests. Scoring 99th percentile doesn't earn any kind of cool decoder ring, though, much to my dismay.
Mensa members are frequently found with useless degrees like an Ed.D. They do this to be called "doctor." It's easier to get an Ed.D. than it is to get a real doctorate, but it requires less "useful" knowledge, and no one will have to know!
Mensa is Latin for table. A three legged table doesn't wobble. An M has three "legs." See the connection? Eh? Neither do I. Round table society... "open-minded" discussions... yada yada yada.
The Simpsons episode about Mensa was flawed only by their letting Lisa in. Lisa is 7 years old and, therefore, too young to be a member. Mensa also doesn't just hand out free memberships! You'll get your free Mensa membership around the same time the Scientologists stop charging for whatever it is that they do.
"A guy walked into a bar with a lizard sitting on his shoulder. He said to the bartender, "A double whiskey for me and," pointing to the lizard, "a half-pint of Guiness for Tiny here."
"Why do you call him Tiny?" asked the bartender.
"Obviously," the man answered, "because he's my newt."
If you don't understand the joke, you have failed the admission test in advance. Please send me the $30 via Paypal and try again later.
Interestingly, the Spanish use of the word mensa (female) or menso (male)generally denotes someone who is crazy or stupid.
"No seas menso".... Don't be crazy. Or, "mensa, yo te dije que no lo hicieras"... stupid, I told you not to do it.
Sheesh Ninja Disaster, you have to do some research before blasting Mensa members like that.
True: Mensa is an organization for people with high IQs. Their requirement for entry is that their potential members must score within the top 2% in their standardized intelligence test.
False: Unlike some people would have you believe not all Mensa members are snobbish assholes. Also, their meetings are not just about academic endeavors . Many of them know that being extremely intelligent can be socially awkward so their meetings are a chance for these members meet other socially awkard intelligent people and do normal everyday things that regular "Schmoes" like you and I would do.
Famous Mensa members:
-Asia Carrera (famous pornstar)
-Geena Davis (famous actress)
-Jodie Foster (do I need to explain?)
A group of people with high IQs. Ironically these people also pay quite a bit of money to be in this group. There by paying to be told they are intelligent. Which ironically is well...not the least intelligent.
I passed the Mensa Test! To bad I am to intelligent to blow my money on being told what I already know.
A global scam which administers a test (charging in the range of 18$ to 30$) to see if you "qualify". It then proceeds to charge you a 52$ a year subscription charge. Multiply that times 50,000 members in America alone, I think you get the idea.
Whatever you do, don't let mensa trick you into taking their test.
Mensa is a totally unbiased organization that has only one prerequisite for entry, an IQ at or above the 98th percentile.
Often knocked by those who have no hope of ever being accepted like Ravenwolf B, it has many SIGs (special interest groups) that offer a change of pace from the normal beer-swilling, bleep-injected conversation found in most sports bars or water cooler banter discussing the previous night's Simpson's episode, the latest video game or wardrobe malfunction on some TV show.
I don't know that the world would be any better off if everyone had a Mensa-like IQ, I just suspect it couldn't be any worse.
Definitions sometimes attributed to the Mensa Dictionary.
Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
Bozone (n): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating.
Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who just doesn’t get it
Ostiopornosis: A degenerate disease.
Reintarnation: Coming back in the next life as a hillbilly
The Gentlemen's room in a Greek Restaurant
I gotta hit the Mensa, I'm prairie doggin'