American Mensa annual gathering (photo by American Mensa)

Mensa is the largest and oldest high-IQ society in the world. It is a non-profit organization open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test.

Today, there are around 134,000 members of Mensa in chapters found in 100 countries around the world.

The largest yearly confab of Mensans anywhere, the American Mensa Annual Gathering started as a small, two-day meet-and-greet at the New York Belmont in 1963. The event now spans five days and features a sprawl of talks, games, and entertainment unlike any other.

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Like many Mensa members, when Adam Kirby joined British Mensa he enjoyed reading Shakespeare and learning languages – an entirely unremarkable piece of information if it wasn’t for his age. Kirby was just two years and five months old when he joined British Mensa in 2013. According to a Daily Mail report, the toddler scored 141 on the Stanford-Binet IQ test – four points below the ‘genius’ threshold. If you’re wondering just what a highly intelligent two-year old can do, at 29 months Kirby could read at the level of an average five-year old, spell more than 100 words, count to 1000 and perform simple addition and subtraction.

The keynote speaker for this year is filmmaker John Waters. He will speak on Friday in the ballroom.

Baltimore filmmaker John Waters, keynote speaker @ American Mensa annual gathering 2023

What:          American Mensa annual gathering

When:         July 5-9, 2023

Where:        Baltimore, Maryland




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