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    San Diego Mensa High IQ Society

    Mensa members must score at or above the 98th percentile on standard IQ tests. "There are a few popular misconceptions about Mensans," according to the local chapter's website. "We are not universally rich or powerful, although a few of us are wealthy or highly placed (or both). Neither are we primarily losers -- most Mensans are able to function well in the real world." One reason people join Mensa is the social opportunities. "If you move to a new area, Mensa allows you to easily meet a number of people who are potential friends [and] Mensans will laugh at your jokes without the need for you to explain them." Area Mensa activities are detailed on the website's local event calendar. Nonmembers can often attend when accompanied by a "Mensan."

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