Issue 201, page 5
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The MENSA Invitational?
We have seen the below e-mail message posted over and over and over on the Internet. It smacked a bit of urban-legend-ness, so we checked it out. Nothing came up in a search of the Washington Post site. Nothing came up on the urban legend sites, either. Then we found that a few others had thought the message fishy. The Sidefumbling blog was the first we found, and there we discovered a reference to the Push Back blog, which had a bit more information. Ultimately, the words below were submissions to a contest at the Washington Post, but the contest, and the winners, were published in the Style Invitational column of the Post. The original column describing the contest is missing from the Post's on-line archive, but there does not appear to have been an association with MENSA in the original contest. The column listing the winning words, however, is still on-line. Having explained all of that, we will post the e-mail in its entirety below so this will all make sense. Despite the information regarding the source of these words being a bit off, the words themselves are still quite amusing.
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