In celebration of Mensa's 75th Anniversary, Isle of Man Post Office is honoured to present a collection of six puzzling and provoking stamps reflecting the ethos of the society. Each stamp includes; a brain-teasing puzzle supplied by Mensa, a cypher, a relevant date, a post code relating to Mensa and its history, a GPS coordinate, the name of a Mensa special interest group and a W3W (What3Words), a service that allows users to view a location based purely on the three words searched.
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. “Mensa” means “table” in Latin, and the organisation was so named because Mensa is a round-table society. Today, there are around 145,000 Mensans in roughly 100 countries throughout the world - including the Isle of Man.
Members of Mensa, both modern-day and throughout history, have played key roles in society. Uniting high IQ individuals from all over the world, Mensa members continue to have profound effects upon science, culture, politics, entertainment and many more. This organisation and its respected members have quietly solved many of the world's problems.