I get these almost every day. Someone, somewhere must figure that ebay users are the most gullible people on the planet. This one made me giggle, though - which is no small feat.
It says, "Although these emails appear to come from eBay, they are really sent by people attempting to gain access to your account." Really? Ya think? They go on to tell me that if I do not get satisfactory results from clicking on the link they provided, that I should reply directly to the e-mail. OK, sure thing. It's signed "Ebay trust and Security", so I know it can't be fake.
Are you smarter than a 2-year old?
I'll bet that a 2-year old Mensa baby wouldn't be taken in by such nonsense. A British kid, Georgia Brown (really) has just been named to Mensa, and if I had any respect for them to begin with, it just went out the window. You might think that it is ridiculous to put a 2-year old into Mensa [because it is]. According to their web site: Membership in Mensa is open to persons who have attained a score within the upper two percent of the general population on an approved intelligence test that has been properly administered and supervised. Did she take the test? It's probably hard to supervise an IQ test on a 2-year old, what with changing diapers and all. Of course, being a Mensan, she can probably wipe herself by now. But hey, welcome aboard, kiddo! From the sounds of their mission statement, she will fit right in.
Mensa seeks to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity, according to its website. It also seeks to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members as well as to encourage research into the nature, characteristics and uses of intelligence.
Can anyone at Mensa tell me how a 2-year old can do all those things? How do you think all those brainiacs feel with a small child in their midst? A lot like Dian Fossey with the gorillas, I'm guessing. And what if she turns out to be a dumbass? I've seen a lot of precocious kids in my life, and not all of them turned out to be geniuses or necessarily the smartest kids on the block. It seems to me to be pointless, and obviously done for the benefit of her parents, who probably feel as though they need to have something to rub in the faces of their neighbors at the next community picnic.
What I'm suggesting is that it might be nice if the kid joined Mensa because she wanted to. God forbid we do something for the kid. I hope she turns out to be a real pain in the ass and decides to write a tell-all book about the behind the scenes goings-on at Mensa meetings.
I'd be willing to bet that Georgia isn't the only Mensa member who wets the bed, either.