Proving that genius is no bar to loneliness and despair, MENSA gives the super bright a place to meet like IQ folks. And usually act like pricks. Sort of a very primitive eugenics dating site.

It is a high and lonely destiny to be a genius.

Just The Facts

  1. MENSA is the international organisation of geniuses.
  2. It's opposite number, the international organisation of morons, is known as the Tea Party.
  3. It serves no useful purpose.

What is MENSA?

MENSA is an elite organization comprised of the smartest people on the planet. We mean this literally. Very literally. Proving yourself to be in the top 2% of the world intelligence-wise is the base requirement. Let's put that in perspective. Imagine yourself in a room of 50 people. 1 person will be eligible. Just 1.

Currently MENSA has about 100,000 members. HOLY SHIT! 100,000 of the world's most intelligent people, in one group. They must be doing something important, right? To better humanity, like finding a cure for cancer or something? Discussing breakthroughs in science and math, maybe? Hell, we'll settle finding ways to keep the McRib on the menu all year long.

Not too shabby, MENSA. Not.At.All.

Or maybe they use their collective intelligence for evil. Surely nothing can stop the collective intelligence of the world's smartest people. There is no way they would make their plans public or anyOh hey, wait, here is their Constitution. Okay, let's see:

"Identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity." Okay, not bad. Sounds like they're trying to recruit and use only smart people. That works.

"Encourage research into the nature, characteristics, and uses of intelligence." Uhmmm...okay. It sounds like they want to do research, but into being intelligent, which...they...already...are. Kinda passive, but they probably have greater plans evidenced by their final mission statement.

"Provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members." Okay, what the hell? 100,000 members so you can just sit around and talk about how smart you are. Unless... the only way to provide the ideal environment is through years of careful planning and politics so that they can run a Machiavellian type society..."Mensa takes no stand on politics, religion or social issues." [source] Scratch that.

So, what do they do?

MENSA has pretty specific goals that are as passive as a , and their opinions are non-existent . So, we are left to ask, "What, exactly, is it they do?"

We sent the interns in the research department to spend weeks, even years, trying to delve deep into the heart of a MENSA. Moments later, we just decided we were better off without them and just checked out MENSA's website. So, let's see:

Membership, and what it is worth

Famous Members

Infamous Members