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post #1 of 29
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Hi. Great forum, first post, long time lurker etc etc

I took their test and qualified. But I don´t know if I should join. So please help me out here.

Firstly: What are the benefits of being a member? What are the activities in there?
Secondly: What are your views on it? Is it good to have such an organization in society? Are you an arrogant twit if you are an member?
post #2 of 29
Eight inches.
post #3 of 29
Psh. 214.
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post #4 of 29
I don't know the mensa club. Perhaps in a good day I could qualify with a small drop of chance.

The question is :
Do you want to join them ?
Does the mensa club will bring you some happyness ?

I belong in some clubs :
- Lion's club
- golf club
- and here

I belong to the Lion's club, mainly because I wanted to be integrated in my town ( I came from an another town). The club push me to do services for others (in order to collect money against cancer and things like that ) and I must admit that even if it's a good thing, it's not particulary my pleasure. I also discover new friends, that I would have never meet otherwise, and that's a good thing.

The others clubs are different, because it's place where I share my passion : golf , photo and computers. It does not bring me anything for my job, or my social status, but I am very please to be here.

May be you could ask directly to the Mensa club, what does it bring to you ?
- intelligent discussions ? : sure, but there is others places, and personally, passion is more important than intelligence.
- feeling to belong to a different class ? Intelligence is not an achievement in itself in life. Intelligence is a gift and a tool who can help you achieve great things in life, but you have to use it, or it's worthless.

Perhaps there is other advantages to belong to the mensa club, but you have to ask them. It's up to you.
post #5 of 29
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Hi. Great forum, first post, long time lurker etc etc

Hi there,

Welcome to the forum!

Hope you like it here. I've only been here for a month or two, although I've been learning about my Apple exponentially -

Two months ago, I bought a Powerbook.

last month, I learnt how to connect it to the internet.

This month, I've learnt how to open the Powerbook after I closed it the first time.

Well anyhows, Mensa isn't for everyone (I can't figure out why they didn't want me...). A few kids in the neighbourhood like this sort of thing - most tend to be bright and like their studies, as well as chess. Their parents seem to like Mensa, although the kids don't get out and do fun things like motocross or mix with the other kids in the neighbourhood.

By all means, join it and let the rest of us know what it's like. I imagine it's a bit like joining American Express, or the AA, or maybe the Hilton Hotel Club.

Good luck.
post #6 of 29
WELCOME TO THE FORUM!

I am a BASTARD. Let me show you!

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Originally posted by Hippie

Firstly: What are the benefits of being a member?

You get to feel betterer than stupid people.

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Originally posted by Hippie

Secondly: What are your views on it?

You don't need to pay any organisation to enjoy that advantage.

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Originally posted by Hippie
Is it good to have such an organization in society?

No.

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Originally posted by Hippie
Are you an arrogant twit if you are an member?

Oh yes. Yes indeed.

Do they let you join without a beard?

Oh: it's normally correct to use 'a' rather than 'an' if the noun following the the preposition doesn't start with a 'vowel' ('a', 'e', 'i', 'o' or 'u'). Correctly it should be 'a member'.

I'm sure this was a typo.
post #7 of 29
I didn't see a link - is that the club girls join when they first get their period?
post #8 of 29
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Originally posted by BRussell
I didn't see a link - is that the club girls join when they first get their period?

No, that's Mensi. And don't you thing they should change the term to womenstruation? nyuk, nyuk.
post #9 of 29
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Originally posted by Hassan i Sabbah
Oh: it's normally correct to use 'a' rather than 'an' if the noun following the the preposition doesn't start with a 'vowel' ('a', 'e', 'i', 'o' or 'u'). Correctly it should be 'a member'.

I don't think that bad grammer or spelling are indicitive of a dummy - of course I have to think that.

My dad joined when he was in college, said that the club was full of assholes, and dropped out.
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post #10 of 29
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Originally posted by e1618978
I don't think that bad grammer or spelling are indicitive of a dummy - of course I have to think that.

Nah. I said was a bastard and went on to prove it.

Hippie, only kidding. Welcome.
post #11 of 29
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Originally posted by Justin
Hi there,

Welcome to the forum!

Hope you like it here. I've only been here for a month or two, although I've been learning about my Apple exponentially -

Two months ago, I bought a Powerbook.

last month, I learnt how to connect it to the internet.

This month, I've learnt how to open the Powerbook after I closed it the first time.

And just yesterday I learned that it's possible to argue a trivial point past the limits of sanity and into an eerie world of ever mutating assumptions and terms!

Oh, wait, that's PO. Carry on.
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post #12 of 29
I considered joining once and then realized that it's for insecure intellectuals who somehow find chess to be more interesting than a game of Halo 2.

I just don't get these people.
post #13 of 29
I would argue that it isn't for intellectuals at all. Highly intelligent people who don't like to think about things that actually matter.
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post #14 of 29
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Originally posted by Hassan i Sabbah
Oh: it's normally correct to use 'a' rather than 'an' if the noun following the the preposition doesn't start with a 'vowel' ('a', 'e', 'i', 'o' or 'u'). Correctly it should be 'a member'.

Actually, it's a vowel sound, not a vowel itself. Trust me! I asked at last night's mensa meeting in between games of Go and stories of how hot our girlfriends who live in other towns are.
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post #15 of 29
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Originally posted by midwinter
Actually, it's a vowel sound, not a vowel itself. Trust me! I asked at last night's mensa meeting in between games of Go and stories of how hot our girlfriends who live in other towns are.

So it's :
a dirty Harry
an Harry dirty
post #16 of 29
No... Harry starts with an H sound. Herb starts with an E sound...

A Harry dirty.
An Herb dirty.
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post #17 of 29
i just sent in my yearly dues to NAMBLA and MENSA last week. woot
post #18 of 29
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Originally posted by midwinter
Actually, it's a vowel sound, not a vowel itself.

Correct; I was going to point this out.

It's "a university", because the "u" is pronounced "ju".
It's "a unibrow".
It's neither "an university" nor "an unibrow".

It's "an underestimated case", not "a underestimated case".

The "the" pronunciation follows the same rules. Where you would put "an", you would pronounce it "thee".
post #19 of 29
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Originally posted by Chucker
Correct; I was going to point this out.

It's "a university", because the "u" is pronounced "ju".
It's "a unibrow".
It's neither "an university" nor "an unibrow".

It's "an underestimated case", not "a underestimated case".

The "the" pronunciation follows the same rules. Where you would put "an", you would pronounce it "thee".

It is always thee...
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post #20 of 29
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Originally posted by progmac
i just sent in my yearly dues to NAMBLA and MENSA last week. woot

I honestly hope you are joking...
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post #21 of 29
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Originally posted by hardeeharhar
It is always thee...

Um. No.
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The word the is pronounced /ði?/ whenever it is pronounced as a distinct word, e.g.: In many but not all dialects, when the next word begins with a vowel (the onion) (compare with a vs. an).
post #22 of 29
Actually, the pronunciation is different if you're English, and then I'd imagine it'd vary depending upon region. Do any of the Brits know? Do any English accents not drop the "h" in "hotel"?
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post #23 of 29
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Originally posted by Chucker
Um. No.

It says that some dialects drop the vowel entirely wtih consonants. In my particular dialect, we never drop the ee...
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post #24 of 29
Well Hippie,

Has everyone here put you off Mensa?!

That's 'Mensa' and not 'menses' [periods]. Come on lads - jokes about teenage girls were the kind of things you were
doing before puberty.


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And just yesterday I learned that it's possible to argue a trivial point past the limits of sanity and into an eerie world of ever mutating assumptions and terms!

Oh, wait, that's PO. Carry on.

Fancy that - I wonder who on earth could have helped you do that?



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I considered joining once and then realized that it's for insecure intellectuals who somehow find chess to be more interesting than a game of Halo 2.

I always think people sound better when they say the pleasant bit and censor the apeshit, but I am an Englishman (that's the indefinite article) which might have something to do with that


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Do any English accents not drop the "h" in "hotel"?

www.horlicks.com - "he made a horlicks of it".
"and he showed her a hairy toe"
"this is a hair-brained idea"
"a horse named Cleves married Henry."
"she sounded out a horoscope"

'h' originates from the palate of the mouth - not the front of the mouth like velar sounds ("a", "e", "o", u"). In French, 'h' can cause confusion. It's probably better to ask someone from Hull, England, who would have their own take on 'H' sounds. I speak in standard BBC news English (hopefully not as monotonous) and don't recall treating 'H' as well as a vowel.


The rest of the thread is beyond me!! Just spent the whole day on the road trying to get back home after some fuel explosions sealed off the route back to London.
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Just spent the whole day on the road trying to get back home after some fuel explosions sealed off the route back to London.

I heard about that. Damn.
post #26 of 29
More like DENSA! hyuk huyk hyuk
post #27 of 29
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Originally posted by Chucker
The "the" pronunciation follows the same rules. Where you would put "an", you would pronounce it "thee".

You are the first person I have met who knew that the/"thee" follows the same rule as a/an.
The only reason I know is that I'm OLD!
[Didn't say there wasn't anyone else. Just said I hadn't met one.]

Thanks!
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post #28 of 29
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Originally posted by Chucker
Correct; I was going to point this out.

It's "a university", because the "u" is pronounced "ju".
It's "a unibrow".
It's neither "an university" nor "an unibrow".

It's "an underestimated case", not "a underestimated case".

The "the" pronunciation follows the same rules. Where you would put "an", you would pronounce it "thee".

Why is that I hear and say 'U'niversity not 'Ju'niversity? I can easily accept that I screw up the pronunciation, but that others do as well? However, I agree a university sounds better, regardless.
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Originally posted by Carson O'Genic
Why is that I hear and say 'U'niversity not 'Ju'niversity? I can easily accept that I screw up the pronunciation, but that others do as well? However, I agree a university sounds better, regardless.

Replace the 'j' with the consonant 'y'.

It is a yellow bus.

It is a yuniversity.

It would be an un-iversity.
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