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A Pompous MENSA Genius

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Dear Fans, Friends, Fiends, Foes, Foundlings, High-Flyin’ Daredevils, and Family,

Working in retail again does mean a veritable plethora of stories and anecdotes. Like the genius from MENSA that I met who came through my line. MENSA is an organization whose membership requirements include having an IQ over 130 which is where the top 2% of intelligence belongs. It really is a cool-sounding group but I’ve never had the courage to take the test, even the online one. I’m afraid I will find out I’m not nearly as smart as I think I am. In my estimation, most of my readers could probably get in, though.

Anyway, this guy on a shirt with an embroidered logo that said MENSA on it. I had never seen anything like it before and was intrigued about it. I wondered if genius-level people have a sense of humor so I said, “Are you really a member or did you just get the shirt?”
“Well,” he harrumphed, “That strikes me as a rather…” he wanted to use the word stupid so bad, but he didn’t, “unusual…question, since you can’t get the shirt unless you are a member.”
Since I was working speedy and his transaction was complete I didn’t get the opportunity to chide with him anymore. I would have told him that I saw that exact same shirt at the Goodwill but it’s probably best I had to rush him out of there and get on with the next customer. But the next person in line laughed as I pointed out that I used to make t-shirts and could make a nicer one than he had on. I also thought I could find one at the Goodwill or ARC. We had a good laugh. Pompous people, especially without a sense of humor (or perhaps that is a prerequisite for being pompous.) are really annoying. I would rather wait on someone who (supposedly) was not as intelligent but more down-to-earth with a sense of humor. Just sayin’.







23 responses to “A Pompous MENSA Genius”

  1. achme24gmailcom Avatar

    Well that’s a gentle way of putting it….😐

    1. Herb Avatar

      lol. Thanks.

  2. Zoewiezoe Avatar

    I never got a shirt 🤔😭

    1. Herb Avatar

      You were cheated! You can buy one from their website. Or go to the Goodwill.😁

  3. James Avatar

    You might need to be in the top 2% to join Mensa but I’d hazard a guess that most members are in the bottom of that 2%…

    1. Herb Avatar

      Very likely. I’ve never tried.

  4. Paul Avatar

    Of course, having a high IQ just means that you are good at IQ tests. And IQ tests are (now) seen as being very poor indicators of actual intelligence.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Very true. I think we’ve all kind of instinctually knew that book smarts ain’t everything.

  5. swabby429 Avatar

    Typically, the folks who are intelligent, do not flaunt it.

    1. Herb Avatar

      I agree! He was just a jerk.

  6. dumbestblogger Avatar

    I find your proclivity to cavort with beings of lower intelligence to be… unusual. Appreciate the opportunity to commune with genius.

    1. Herb Avatar

      I read your blog every time you post.

      1. dumbestblogger Avatar

        I’m man enough to admit when I’ve been fairly beaten. Well played.

        1. Herb Avatar


  7. Mr. Ohh's Sideways View Avatar

    I don’t want a shirt. Those pompous people who flaunt their intelligence like they think they were perfect are very worrisome to those of us who are

    Laugh On

    1. Herb Avatar

      And as usual, you’re right.

  8. Petra Avatar

    Apparently I qualify for MENSA according to the online test, but never felt the need to join or flaunt that. I think the concept is too elitist and the people in it are usually low on emotional intelligence, although IQ tests and similar exercises are good for brain development and help with Alzheimers etc later on.

    1. Herb Avatar

      You know, I hadn’t considered the Emotional Intelligence part. I would have been surprised if you weren’t able to get in.

      1. Petra Avatar

        Haha thank you. I think emotional intelligence is always underrated, but super important

    2. AJMcGregor Avatar

      You know, Petra, there is no question in my mind that you qualify for MENSA. I think I’m correct that English isn’t your first language, but you write in English better than the vast majority of people who have it as their first language and you write beautifully. I think you’re amazing for more reasons than that, but I just had to say this because I’ve thought it for some time.

      1. Petra Avatar

        Well, thank you for this comment, almost made me blush! It’s nice to know people actually read my blog and appreciate it, it means a lot. And yes, English is not my first language, but I guess reading as much as I do helped with that.

  9. AJMcGregor Avatar

    What a jerk! Unreal. Actually, I have a brother-in-law who would wear a shirt like that if he qualified, but let me assure you, he doesn’t.

    1. Herb Avatar

      LOL! Years of retail have given me a different way of seeing people. It can be annoying sometimes but when you get to really help somebody it’s worthwhile.

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