CultureQuest® for fame and glory
Do you know who won the first Nobel Prize for Physics?
How about what musical art form originated
in Italy about A.D. 1600?
Or maybe you know what herb is also known as "wild marjoram."
The Joyce Lundeen and Becky O'Neal founded CultureQuest® as a competition between Region 6 Local Groups in 1990. After some success at a leadership weekend and with the support of then-RVC Carol Hilson, the quest grew to have almost every group in Region 6 participate during the second year, and two teams of Board members were also invited to participate. In 1992, the competition went "national" and, in 1997, teams from Mensa Canada participated. CultureQuest®: The Next Generation began supporting youth teams in 1999.
While CultureQuest might be considered a trivia game or competition, its intent has always been to promote and test cultural literacy. Facing questions that range from film to politics, from literature to geography, from music to history and farther afield, Mensan teams of up to five members gather in their neighborhoods on a single day across the U.S. and Canada and, for 90 minutes, compete for cash prizes and cultural literacy bragging rights.
Since its inception, more than 3,000 cultural questions have been answered by Mensan teams across the U.S. and Canada.