Transformers vs. The Ball In Mensa's Bracket Challenge Finals

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Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 12:25PM CST

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The Transformers have made it to the final round of Mensa's Bracket Challenge! After a narrow round five victory over Lego (444 to 429) the Transformers face a menacing foe from the old school.....................the ball. Click here to vote.

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Transformers
1980-Present - Seed 4

The boys' version of the Cabbage Patch Kids, Transformers set the toy world on its ear in 1984. Anyone and everyone just had to have these "robots in disguise." They could transform into everyday objects, usually vehicles or weapons, and a cartoon series and, eventually, films followed, turning a whole new generation on to these toys.


VS


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Ball
Timeless - Seed 1

It's impossible to say when the first child picked up a spherical object and fell in love. The infatuation, though, continues today. Bounce it; toss it; roll it; spin it; catch it. There aren't many toys as versatile, and name another contestant that is a key component of so many other toys and games. Try playing jacks with a cube. Ball and Paddle? It's even in the name!
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Re: Transformers vs. The Ball In Mensa's Bracket Challenge Finals (1441109)
Posted by Doubledealer93 on November 20th, 2012 @ 12:51pm CST
What the hell is this mensa?
Re: Transformers vs. The Ball In Mensa's Bracket Challenge Finals (1441110)
Posted by That Bot on November 20th, 2012 @ 1:05pm CST
Doubledealer93 wrote:What the hell is this mensa?

http://www.mensa.org/ wrote:Mensa was founded in England in 1946 by Roland Berrill, a barrister, and Dr. Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer. They had the idea of forming a society for bright people, the only qualification for membership of which was a high IQ. The original aims were, as they are today, to create a society that is non-political and free from all racial or religious distinctions. The society welcomes people from every walk of life whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population, with the objective of enjoying each other's company and participating in a wide range of social and cultural activities.

Basically it's a society of the most intelligent minds on the planet. You have to score in the top 2% on a standardized, recognized IQ test to be a member.
Re: Transformers vs. The Ball In Mensa's Bracket Challenge Finals (1441112)
Posted by jindrak on November 20th, 2012 @ 1:08pm CST
Voted, GO TFs!!
Re: Transformers vs. The Ball In Mensa's Bracket Challenge Finals (1441114)
Posted by Doubledealer93 on November 20th, 2012 @ 1:09pm CST
That Bot wrote:
Doubledealer93 wrote:What the hell is this mensa?

http://www.mensa.org/ wrote:Mensa was founded in England in 1946 by Roland Berrill, a barrister, and Dr. Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer. They had the idea of forming a society for bright people, the only qualification for membership of which was a high IQ. The original aims were, as they are today, to create a society that is non-political and free from all racial or religious distinctions. The society welcomes people from every walk of life whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population, with the objective of enjoying each other's company and participating in a wide range of social and cultural activities.

Basically it's a society of the most intelligent minds on the planet. You have to score in the top 2% on a standardized, recognized IQ test to be a member.


Oh duh! I learned about them in school. How could i forget them?
Re: Transformers vs. The Ball In Mensa's Bracket Challenge Finals (1441117)
Posted by Autobot032 on November 20th, 2012 @ 1:13pm CST
We beat Lego?! O_o...

I think the ball might actually have an uphill battle, here. I think TFs could go all the way. It would certainly be nice.
Re: Transformers vs. The Ball In Mensa's Bracket Challenge Finals (1441118)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on November 20th, 2012 @ 1:20pm CST
If TF wins, Mensa needs to post a victory pic of that same ball, but with Armada Unicron in planet mode closing in for the kill.

"No! Basketball is a peaceful planet!"
Re: Transformers vs. The Ball In Mensa's Bracket Challenge Finals (1441119)
Posted by amtm on November 20th, 2012 @ 1:22pm CST
That Bot wrote:
Doubledealer93 wrote:What the hell is this mensa?

http://www.mensa.org/ wrote:Mensa was founded in England in 1946 by Roland Berrill, a barrister, and Dr. Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer. They had the idea of forming a society for bright people, the only qualification for membership of which was a high IQ. The original aims were, as they are today, to create a society that is non-political and free from all racial or religious distinctions. The society welcomes people from every walk of life whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population, with the objective of enjoying each other's company and participating in a wide range of social and cultural activities.

Basically it's a society of the most intelligent minds on the planet. You have to score in the top 2% on a standardized, recognized IQ test to be a member.

So they only discriminate against people with lower scores or who never took an IQ test.
Re: Transformers vs. The Ball In Mensa's Bracket Challenge Finals (1441120)
Posted by Autobot032 on November 20th, 2012 @ 1:39pm CST
amtm wrote:
That Bot wrote:
Doubledealer93 wrote:What the hell is this mensa?

http://www.mensa.org/ wrote:Mensa was founded in England in 1946 by Roland Berrill, a barrister, and Dr. Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer. They had the idea of forming a society for bright people, the only qualification for membership of which was a high IQ. The original aims were, as they are today, to create a society that is non-political and free from all racial or religious distinctions. The society welcomes people from every walk of life whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population, with the objective of enjoying each other's company and participating in a wide range of social and cultural activities.

Basically it's a society of the most intelligent minds on the planet. You have to score in the top 2% on a standardized, recognized IQ test to be a member.

So they only discriminate against people with lower scores or who never took an IQ test.


Heh.
Re: Transformers vs. The Ball In Mensa's Bracket Challenge Finals (1441141)
Posted by kirbenvost on November 20th, 2012 @ 3:28pm CST
I don't know how the heck we beat Lego, but IMO we should win out over a ball. Sure, it's the basis of many games and whatnot, but on its own a ball is just...boring.
Re: Transformers vs. The Ball In Mensa's Bracket Challenge Finals (1441160)
Posted by Arctorro on November 20th, 2012 @ 4:47pm CST
Voted for Transformers, feeling more hopeful of winning after beating Lego. Didn't think Transformers would make it this far :grin:
Re: Transformers vs. The Ball In Mensa's Bracket Challenge Finals (1441182)
Posted by Seibertron on November 20th, 2012 @ 6:31pm CST
Arctorro wrote:Voted for Transformers, feeling more hopeful of winning after beating Lego. Didn't think Transformers would make it this far :grin:


That's what happens when you get fansites like Seibertron.com which have 500,000 unique visitors per month behind something like this. :D
Re: Transformers vs. The Ball In Mensa's Bracket Challenge Finals (1441193)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on November 20th, 2012 @ 7:12pm CST
Even though the ball have more signifiance in the creation of so many games, My heart is 100% for Transformers.

GO! TO VICTORY! :michaelbay:
Re: Transformers vs. The Ball In Mensa's Bracket Challenge Finals (1441225)
Posted by Arctorro on November 20th, 2012 @ 11:01pm CST
Seibertron wrote:
Arctorro wrote:Voted for Transformers, feeling more hopeful of winning after beating Lego. Didn't think Transformers would make it this far :grin:


That's what happens when you get fansites like Seibertron.com which have 500,000 unique visitors per month behind something like this. :D


Yep, another reason this site is so awesome! :grin:
Re: Transformers vs. The Ball In Mensa's Bracket Challenge Finals (1441256)
Posted by Rushie on November 21st, 2012 @ 4:04am CST
Arctorro wrote:
Seibertron wrote:
Arctorro wrote:Voted for Transformers, feeling more hopeful of winning after beating Lego. Didn't think Transformers would make it this far :grin:


That's what happens when you get fansites like Seibertron.com which have 500,000 unique visitors per month behind something like this. :D


Yep, another reason this site is so awesome! :grin:


Still, it's surprising. Lego also has a massive fanbase on several fansites.

As for this round, as much as I like the ball for its simplicity and sheer fun it provides, it's not nearly as cleverly engineered and designed as even the most basic TransFormer. [-(
Re: Transformers vs. The Ball In Mensa's Bracket Challenge Finals (1441261)
Posted by That Bot on November 21st, 2012 @ 4:11am CST
Seibertron wrote:
Arctorro wrote:Voted for Transformers, feeling more hopeful of winning after beating Lego. Didn't think Transformers would make it this far :grin:


That's what happens when you get fansites like Seibertron.com which have 500,000 unique visitors per month behind something like this. :D

Amusingly, Transformers has gotten less and less votes each round, until round 5.
Round 1 (vs. Tamagotchi): 1214 vs. 394 (this was before Seibertron publicized it)
Round 2 (vs. My Little Pony): 1049 to 160
Round 3 (vs. G.I. Joe): 640 to 249
Round 4 (vs. RC Cars): 217 to 158
Round 5 (vs. LEGO): 444 to 429
In fairness, there has been a decrease in total votes for pretty much everything each round, and I think it's true that a lot of us owe it to Seibertron that TFs have gotten as many votes as they have despite the overall decreasing numbers. I would forget after each round without Seibertron's reminders, and none of the other TF sites seems to be reporting on this. However, it kind of backfires at the same time because a few of us did vote for LEGO last round. Also, LEGO was a tough opponent so it probably inspired more people to vote either way than in previous rounds.
So bottom line, out of those 500,000 daily visitors, maybe 150 have regularly voted in this, at my estimation.
Re: Transformers vs. The Ball In Mensa's Bracket Challenge Finals (1441268)
Posted by Arctorro on November 21st, 2012 @ 4:33am CST
That Bot wrote:I would forget after each round without Seibertron's reminders.


Very true. After each announcement I completely forgot about this, so Seibertron really helped to keep Transformers in the race :-?
Re: Transformers vs. The Ball In Mensa's Bracket Challenge Finals (1441270)
Posted by Anonymous on November 21st, 2012 @ 4:47am CST
Ball? Bwah ha ha ha! Unicron was shaped like a ball, he got destroyed by Transformers. :MR-T:
Re: Transformers vs. The Ball In Mensa's Bracket Challenge Finals (1478037)
Posted by El Duque on April 10th, 2013 @ 7:13pm CDT
Remember Mensa's bracket challenge that was going on toward the end of 2012? Our beloved Cybertronians fought their way past several challenging opponents, which included My Little Pony, G.I. Joe, and Lego to face the timeless classic, the ball, in the final round. The results were posted earlier this year and it turns out we won!


[quote]Over the last six weeks, both the public and American Mensa members from around the country cast nearly 78,000 votes on 64 toys in four regions — timeless, pre-1950s, 1950-1980 and 1981-present. Each region was made up of 16 competitors, seeded 1 through 16, based on the strength of their résumés.

In the first round, the top seed from a given category faced off against the 16th seed from the same region; the second seed challenged the 15th seed, and so on. During the sixth week, the winner was chosen by you, the members...but which was it?[/quote]



[quote]Transformers
1980-Present - Seed 4

The boys' version of the Cabbage Patch Kids, Transformers set the toy world on its ear in 1984. Anyone and everyone just had to have these "robots in disguise." They could transform into everyday objects, usually vehicles or weapons, and a cartoon series and, eventually, films followed, turning a whole new generation on to these toys.[/quote]

Round 1


Round 2


Round 3


Round 4


Round 5


Round 6

Re: Transformers vs. The Ball In Mensa's Bracket Challenge Finals (1478047)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on April 10th, 2013 @ 7:26pm CDT
Wow, the final results took their sweet little time to come in!

Of course, the toughest opponent was LEGO.
However, that final round was kind of underwhelming. Sure, the ball is timeless, but it's more like an everyday object. Like a fork or a spade.
So, Transformers just won.

And I'm very glad! :grin:
Re: Transformers vs. The Ball In Mensa's Bracket Challenge Finals (1478048)
Posted by Mindmaster on April 10th, 2013 @ 7:27pm CDT

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