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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:

Cess Now?

Covid-19 has brought many new words and phrases front and center in the American lexicon: Zoom meeting, social distance, ventilator…. The pandemic has also forced millions of intubations. A respiratory therapist recalls his first — and the confusing command that followed.

By Michael Breton • Illustrated by Jon Moore
Mensa Brain or Monkey Brain — Which Is at the Helm of Our Voluntary Activities?

Monkey Brain is the construct Mensan Kent Keith uses to describe the subconscious programming that runs our lives. Think of it as the amalgamation of our brain’s many autonomous programs that control all sorts of functions we’re not aware of at any given moment.

By Kent Keith • Illustrated by Jon Moore
Common Threads: An Inspection of the Morgellons Community

Morgellons disease has a complicated history, and many medical professionals do not consider the condition to be a real disease. Whether the symptoms are physical, mental, or both, Morgellons disease needs to be given consideration, argues Mensan Genevieve M.H. Corrada.

By Genevieve M.H. Corrada
In the Company of Heroes

Journey to Royal: A WWII Rescue Mission, produced by Mensan Mariana Tosca, p.g.a. and written and directed by Christopher Johnson, seeks to preserve the legacy of the 4th Emergency Rescue Squadron, whose men saved 576 lives during the war.

By Mariana Tosca
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
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