Celebrate the Cerebral During Mensa Membership Month

2016 marks the 70th anniversary of the largest international High IQ association

ARLINGTON, TEXAS (Sept. 30, 2016) — This October, American Mensa will celebrate their members and invite others to become part of this renowned association. In 1946, the US Army made first radar contact with the moon and the first automatic digital computer, ENIAC, was booted up at the University of Pennsylvania. It’s no surprise that in October of 1946 the first Mensa meeting took place in Europe. American Mensa hosted its first meeting in 1960 and is the largest international chapter consisting of 130 local chapters across the United States.

Interesting facts

  • The Mensa Foundation raises funds to provide scholarships for members and non-members alike in its pursuit to encourage and engage intelligence. The Foundation is now accepting applications for their scholarship program.
  • One in 50 people qualifies. Take the official Mensa Admission Test this October for just $20. Visit the American Mensa Testing Calendar to find a local test session.
  • American Mensa has more than 3,000 members under the age of 18. It is the fastest growing demographic in the membership. Find out more at MensaforKids.org. One must be 14 years or older to take the Mensa Admission Test however one may qualify with previous intelligence test scores.
  • The word mensa means "table" in Latin; similarly, mens means "mind" and mensis means "month." The name "Mensa" is reminiscent of "mind, table, month," which suggests a monthly meeting of great minds around a table. It also means “dumb female” in Spanish. The irony is appreciated.

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American Mensa is an organization open to anyone who scores in the top 2 percent on an accepted, standardized intelligence test. Mensa has more than 56,000 members in the United States and more than 110,000 members globally. For more information about Mensa, please visit americanmensa.org or call (800) 66-MENSA.