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The Wilmington Star website reviews Dupree and starts with this choice paragraph. "You know: The buddy from high school (or maybe college) who's the life of the party but doesn't know when to leave, the merry prankster who instigates all the stunts but who never quite grows up. He's the MENSA member who's still trying to find himself at 36, who knows all the answers but can't hold a job, maintain a relationship or find someplace to live other than a dorm-room substitute."
My first introduction to the word Mensa was reading Winston Churchill's autobiography. IIRC he hated Latin and had to recite all the different tenses and declensions of the word Mensa. Here are all the meanings and uses I could find.
Mensa - Latin for Table.
Mensa - Mexican slang for Stupid Woman. (Shouldn't that be Densa!) Apparently Mensa there is called Mesa but I can't confirm that.
Mensa - German or Dutch word meaning University canteen for students.
Mensa is also a constellation viewable in the southern hemisphere.
Mensa is the word used in planetary geology to describe a flat elevated rock- what is known as a Mesa in the south west of USA, which explains the Mexican use of it as well.
12 July 06 - 09:16Sir Clive Sinclair about to get on his bike
Britain's most famous Mensan ( and Honorary President of British Mensa) has been working on a folding bike called an A-Bike for the last couple of years. It is not electric, just very compact, weighs 12lbs and should sell around the $300 mark according to this article (with pictures). The wheels look as if they're from a supermarket trolley but apparently are pneumatic.
11 July 06 - 07:03Why Members Leave - a Past Survey Reveals...
20 years ago, in August 1986, Jack B. ReVelle, Ph.D. and Brenda L. ReVelle conducted a survey for American Mensa. They are reproduced with permission here.
In April 1986, questionnaires were mailed to 900 former and 500 present members. A total of 355 former members and 280 present members returned their surveys for response rates of 39 and 56 percent, respectively.
From the Survey report "The majority of present members have been in Mensa for over three years and are over 40 years of age. Most are married, salaried professionals with a graduate degree. Just over half of present members are male. Members learned about Mensa primarily from a published article. Most frequently cited reasons for joining are (in order): intellectual stimulation, to prove they could qualify, to meet others with similar interests, and to seek friends. "
Victor was one of the key people who helped British Mensa grow - 8 years after it started in 1946 there were only four people at the 1954 AG- two of those being Victor and his wife Winifred. At that point it was just a bunch of friends who liked to meet. As Secretary though, it all changed. He added zest to a flagging black-tie dinner club by sending out brochures, appearing on television, contacting universities and introducing supervised testing as an entry requirement.
Then he decided that Mensa must be completely impartial with no corporate views, and that anything said by any member should be his or her personal view not Mensa's. The original mission of providing advice to governments was quietly put to one side as no one was interested. The rocket was loaded, the fuse lit and Mensa took off.