After Cops Raid Party, Mensa Applications Surge
'We do want new members, but perhaps not in this way,' says Mensa Sweden
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2017 8:18 AM CDT
Police watch a crowd in Uppsala, Sweden, in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Jan Winter)

(Newser) – Police had to break up a loud party in the wee hours of the morning at a hotel, an otherwise ho-hum event that wouldn't be making headlines except for the group involved. That would be Mensa, the exclusive society that accepts only those with the very highest IQs, reports the Local. It seems that Mensa members were at the Elite Hotel in Eskilstuna, Sweden, on a Saturday night when things got a little out of hand. "They were partying in the corridors of the hotel, which you're not allowed to do here," says the hotel's director. Police were called, though the officers noted that revelers immediately "calmed down," and that no action was taken against anyone. Still, since news of the party made the rounds more than a week ago, Mensa membership applications have increased ten-fold.

"We're in two minds about this, of course," says a spokesperson for Mensa Sweden. "We do want new members—but perhaps not in this way." It's still not entirely clear what happened at the hotel. Some 400 Mensa members had gathered to socialize, reports SBS, and some of the revelers say media reports have exaggerated the events. For instance, one story circulating involves wild drum-playing at 4am. But the spokesperson says what really happened is that a group member, sober, spotted a drum kit through an open conference room door and played it until a staff member asked him to stop. Either way, bookings for the group's intelligence test have soared from 2.5 a day to 25. (People are matched through Mensa, too.)

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