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The Mensa Bulletin

The Mensa Bulletin is the national magazine for members of American Mensa, published 10 times a year with combined issues in April/May and November/December. Our membership dues include a subscription to the Bulletin.

In addition to the member-generated content and photos, each issue includes a “question of the month” in which we ask members to share their thoughts (in 250 words or less) about a general-interest topic like “What invention would you want to cease to exist?” We’re posing these questions and more to Mensans — they don’t have to be professional writers to contribute, but they do have to be members of Mensa.

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What’s the Mensa Bulletin all about?

Here is an idea of some of our monthly content and a sample of the articles you can expect:

Mensan’s Elam Ending to Close NBA All-Star Game Again

We’ve all seen it: crisp, competitive basketball games devolving into foul fests in the final minutes. It’s time for basketball to finally demote a once-indispensable element of the sport — the game clock.

By Nick Elam
More Than We Think

We might not all look or sound like what people think of as the typical Mensan, but we’re all here in this little community of outliers together. And that’s pretty cool. So, I think I’ll stick around.

By Ronni Peck • Illustrated by Kirsten Wahlquist
My Father and the Fitz

About 180 years ago, Henry Fitz built his first telescope, a beautiful wood, brass, and glass 6-inch achromatic refractor. Years later, one of Henry’s creations became a beloved member of our family, bringing us closer to the stars — and each other.

By Rick Clarke
There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Dyslexic Genius

If you know a brilliant little dyslexic Einstein of your own, make sure they get the best academic and emotional support. But also give them a solid exposure to the many new assistive devices that make life so much easier.

By Carol Barnier
The Fine Art of Snowplowing

Oh, plowing the snow’s an art, no question about it. Takes years of experience to get’er down good and proper. So there ain’t no way the city’s gonna turn loose a young tenderfoot like you in a blizzard like this — not on his own, anyways.

By Greg Jenkins • Illustrated by Jon Moore
Assembling a Dream Team USA for the International Quiz Olympiad

For 20 years the International Quizzing Association has been running major international quiz events such as the Quiz Olympiad. Ken Jennings led the last squad, maybe you’ll be on the next? If you’re able and interested, there could be a spot for a Mensan or Mensans on the national team.

By Paul Bailey
Coffee Rings

While the memories gather and swirl, I go to take a sip from my coffee cup. I insert my finger through the small handle and, for the first time, notice a small ring of coffee outlining the base of my cup. And I remember it all — the glorious early years of a passionate and unfulfilling love affair with professional wrestling.

By Drew Toney • Illustration by Megan Kayleigh Sullivan
A Beastly Contest

Senior Bulletin columnist Richard Lederer invites you to become a groupie and make up your own collective nouns for animals or for people — a prickle of porcupines, an aroma of skunks, a rash of dermatologists, a brace of orthodontists.

By Richard Lederer
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Co-authoring a Novel

Distinct writing styles and clashing egos. A fallout between childhood friends. Editors who couldn’t see past rose-tinted glasses. Bestseller Nelson DeMille swore off writing collabs for decades until finally teaming up with his son, which, he says, brought the two closer together.

By Nelson DeMille
Western Religions’ Influence on Piratical Endeavors During the Golden Age of Piracy

Greed or necessity often motivated piracy, while politics have influenced the warfaring of privateering. But like politics and economics, religion was inextricably linked to its deep history.

By Joseph Mogel
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