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MENSA Founded in the U.S. on MAY 10, 1971 and Some Surprising Members

Mensa, where the only qualification is to have a high I.Q., 132 or above, first formed in England in 1946 by British scientist and lawyer Dr. Lance Ware and Australian lawyer Roland Berrill. Race, Creed or Country of origin didn’t matter as long as you had a high I.Q., you were in. On May 10, 1971, the American MENSA society formed in New York.

MENSA accepts members who are in the top 98th percentile on standardized I.Q. tests. There are about 50,000 member in the United States and 100,000 around the world. MENSA has three main goals: foster intelligence for the benefit of humanity, encourage research into the nature of intelligence and promote intellectual and social opportunities for its members.

Some members of the MENSA society that may surprise you:

Porn Star Asia Carrera has an I.Q. of 156; at the age of 13 she played piano at Carnegie Hall.

Quintin Tarantino, the director of many films and a high school drop-out has an I.Q. of 160

Steve Martin, comedian has an I.Q. of 142.

Geena Davis, actress, is fluent in Swedish and has an I.Q. of 140.

Natalie Portman, actress, has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard and is fluent in five languages.

Dolph Lundgren actor, has a degree in chemical engineering and an I.Q. score of 160.

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