Anyone here in MENSA?

  • #126
Kurdt
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Only if you are going to drink it. The adjective Scotch is used for their whisky and for a few other foodstuffs. The Scottish find the term offensive if applied to their nationality and would not be slow about telling you so. Don't say you weren't warned :uhh:

p.s. The reason they don't like it is because the English invented it as a shortened form of Scottish and as you may know the Scottish are not overly fond of the English.
Well I was aware of this. I am British and made the comment for comic effect, but clearly it didn't work. :tongue:
 
  • #128
TOwnMouse
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Wonder, no more. I took the test in Orange County, California, years ago. I was pleased to pass the test: enrolled with great anticipation of meeting brilliant new friends. A CPA cautioned me that I would not like the group.

Shortly thereafter, attended MENSA's biggest monthly gathering (at a private home; 100+ people were there). Nervous that I knew NO ONE, I gravitated to the chapter president (believe that was his title). Pleasant words of welcome from him and several members made me think this might be a good group.

A few minutes later, about 5 people joined our conversation. A woman began talking about their recent venture to the Doo Dah Parade (Pasasdena, look it up). I cannot remember if they had been asked to leave the parade for inappropriate behavior/costumes, or if I simply thought they should have been thusly ordered.

All parties seemed to delight in and support her tales of _DISGUSTING_ behavior. But, wait! There's more. She next shared several photos of herself (and other MENSA members): nude, contorted so that each formed a single letter of the alphabet, grouped to spell the filthiest words you can think of (yes, that one, too).

Except for me, _EVERYONE_ exposed (pun intended) to that conversation and to those photos laughed and wholly encouraged this -- her newest -- expression of Self. I backed away, realizing that the chapter president was elected by this large membership as THE BEST to represent them -- and THIS was behavior he endorsed. But, wait! There's more.

I crept into the other room and chatted briefly with a few pleasant strangers. People drifted in and out of the conversation, until I was left alone with one adult male. Within minutes, he expressed that dating was something he and I should share -- but first he had a quiz for me. From his pocket, he produced a multi-page, self-typed compatibility test.

I torn it up a few minutes later, after I had run to my car, locked the doors, and started the engine. All of the questions on his test were similar. They were about sex. And NOT the kind I had ever even heard of (e.g., urinating on one's partner(s) and pets). He had given me his "personal" business card so that I, later, could contact him for our date: his name was Kegal or Kegel (the was a cartoon of a beer keg on it so that one could not forget his name).

Needless to say, I did not renew my membership. Not all members of MENSA are perverts, I hope. But I wasn't inclined to spend any more time with them in order to find out.
 
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Ah... now it's worth the $30 :))
 
  • #130
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Honestly, I've only seen them play Scrabble! Not even Rummykub, just Scrabble!
 
  • #131
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Wow you guys make are like an infomerical for Mesna, after reading these stories I want to sign up!! :)
 
  • #132
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I hate to dig up a thread that shouldn't have been exhumed in the first place, but I will because it reaffirms my recent decision.

Due to nothing but my own indecision I didn't finish school. I work a boring job (most of the time), making good money. I never before had a need to be recognized intellectually (everything I experienced previously was enough). I guess my own lack of intellectual respect for the job title I hold left me looking for something to tell me that I was intelligent.

I went through old tests and found ones to automatically qualify me for MENSA. I debated for a long time about joining, called up the office to confirm that what I had was valid, looked up the local chapter, and thought I had found something special. Luckily just before I sent in my application, I decided to ask others and search for opinion. I found nothing but what I should have expected, that it is little more than a way to stroke one's ego.

I'll be back at school soon enough, and recieve the affirmation I desire. I wish to hang it on my own wall, for noone else but myself and that will suffice. It's easy to see now that MENSA is not what I need.

BTW- Even though I haven't been a PFer very long, I'm sure glad to be a member. Discussions that can be found here are exactly what I'm looking for, and the price is just right.
 
  • #133
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S, I watched a show on, yes, Trauma ER. One of the doctors said that after high school he didn't want to go to college and instead became a truck driver. It wasn't until 10 years later that he even started college, now he is a neurosurgeon.

It's never too late.
 
  • #134
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I know that mensa means table in latin but in Spanish it is an adjective meaning dumb or stupid. I've wondered if membership in mensa in Spanish speaking countries has a somewhat different stigma.

For a while I monitored the mensa newsgroups but found it to be more of a high ego society than a high IQ society. Besides, the arguments they proffered were often seriously flawed.
 
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S, I watched a show on, yes, Trauma ER. One of the doctors said that after high school he didn't want to go to college and instead became a truck driver. It wasn't until 10 years later that he even started college, now he is a neurosurgeon.

It's never too late.
It took me three years of odd jobs at manual labor to realize that I needed to get a degree. Now I have a Masters in Math and work sitting down, with air conditioning and heating when appropriate.
 

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