American Mensa’s 2014 Annual Gathering to Take Place in Boston
The smartypants will converge July 2-6 at the Sheraton Hotel.
A child is born in Boston, Massachusetts, to parents who were both born in Boston, Massachusetts. The child is not a United States citizen. How is this possible?
Brace yourselves, because 2,500 members of the high-IQ organization American Mensa are about to converge in Boston for their annual gathering. Just in time for Independence Day, the event allows¬†(literally!)¬†like-minded folks to meet and talk about, I dunno, like, smartypants stuff, or whatever.
They’re calling the Boston event “Brilliance in Beantown” (gag). Former Massachusetts governor¬†Michael Dukakis will welcome the group at the opening ceremony on Wednesday, and Globe¬†sportswriter Bob Ryan will be the keynote speaker at the gathering’s gala event Saturday night.
No need to¬†be intimidated by this get-together. Mensa members aren’t¬†all rocket scientists and cancer researchers. In fact, they¬†are accepted into the club only after they score in the top two percent on a standardized intelligence test. That’s it. It’s just like the SATs‚ÄĒif the SATs measured logic and puzzle-solving skills instead of one’s¬†knowledge of outdated vocabulary words. The value of either, you decide.
Practice questions for Mensa online include¬†the following:
What is the number that is one half of one quarter of one tenth of 400?
What is the following word when it is unscrambled? H C P R A A T E U
Members of the public who want to get their¬†Good Will Hunting¬†on can try out for Mensa by¬†taking¬†the official Mensa admission test to see if their¬†wits are up to snuff. Public testing sessions¬†take place Wednesday, July 2, 6-8 p.m., and Sunday, July 6, 9-11 a.m., and cost $25.
And here’s a tip for attendees visiting Boston: Aside from Fourth of July weekend events, consider checking out¬†the play “Smart People,” now¬†running at the Huntington Theater.
For more information about Mensa’s Annual Gathering in Boston this week, visit ag2014.us.mensa.org.
Answer to question above:
He or she was born prior to 1776.
Happy Independence Day, y’all.
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