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    Sunday
    Sep012019

    Here's the new Sept/October 2019 "What The Heck Is It?" Game. 

    Do you know what it is? To play, come up with the right answer, or make up a silly, or inventive answer that we find funny or clever that describes the gizmo shown. We give away up to 18 autographed copies of MAD Magazine. (Up to 6 for the correct answer, up to 12 for cute, silly answers.) The judges have very small attention spans, so make sure entries are no more than 25 words, and please make just one guess per entry. And you must sign your entry with a nickname, screen name, fake name, or even real name, but sign it! If it's not signed, it's not eligible. You'll be playing for the December 2019 issue of MAD - issue #10 of new MAD produced by the LA staff. (Yes, I'm still in every issue!) Remember, right answers and cute or clever wrong answers can win too! Please be sure to put " WTHII" in the subject line so we can pick it out quickly. And good luck! E-mail your entry to gizwizbiz@gmail.com by midnight (EST) October 31st 2019. By entering you agree this is a game for fun and laughs. Winning answers are published on this website the 1st or 2nd of November 2019, so come back to see if you won. Because like MAD, we're really low budget here, we can only mail winning copies to United States addresses.

    Please don't answer on this website; it won't count. Good Luck! Winners outside the US can have their names included as a "shout-out" on an upcoming Giz Wiz Show as their prize. Or have a 38+ year old Alfred E. Neumn photo autographed to them, scanned and emailed to you. Again, sign your entry with something - initials, first name, last name, full name, fake name, screen name, something or it won't count. We cut & paste the answers in a long list, so we need a name attached to it. Thanks for understanding.Once again entries go to: gizwizbiz@gmail.com

    Follow me on Twitter for announcement of the winners and reminders about the WTHII game:

    http://www.twitter.com/thegizwiz

    Sunday
    Sep012019

    Winners of the July/August "What The Heck Is It?" game with the correct answer are ----  

    This game outcome was a surprise to me. I never expected SO MANY people to know what the July/August WTHII gizmo was. But about 80 people knew!! Many knew exactly what it was! Yes, it's a lighted LED tent stake. We picked six at random as winners. The LED tent stakes (+tent light) are here on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2NIZ5Va

    Correct answer winners:

    Orange LED Safety Tent Stakes - On/Off Switch LED for Camping Safety - Batteries Included. Jacob Gainey

    This is a high-tech LED Tent Stake. It's a battery powered tent stake that glows at night so you don't trip over it! Mr. Generic

    Been a long time since I've played WTHII, but I'm pretty sure I actually know this one! It's an LED tent peg! -Richard W

    It’s a tent stake designed to attract The Giz Wiz - each stake has an LED. Upariver-

    That is a tent-peg with an attached LED light so you don't trip over your stuff at night - John Hattan

    This is a tent peg with led light. Tor

    Winners above, see how to claim your MAD magazine below the 'Cute, Silly, Could Be answers' below. 

    Sunday
    Sep012019

    Cute, Clever & 'Could be' Winners. 

    An answer given a lot had something to do with rockets. We picked one at random:
    Looks like those old rocket launcher stands. Josh E

    Another answer given many times had something to do with watering plants, lawns, etc. We picked two at random: 

    That looks like a stake for holding a micro irrigation nozzle. Allen S

    It's a water sprinkler for kids. Water hose plugs into the side and it sprays water everywhere. Bryon J. Hammer

    Here's one of the very few 'family friendly' answers we were able to pick in this category: It's part of a Fisher-Price "You Can Be A Proctologist" kit. Blintze

    And many vampire answers! We picked one:

    It's a JELL-O stake mold for young vampire hunters. Ron Cichocki

    Many answers involved fruits & vegetables. We picked these three:

    It's a banana four way splitter. Vesa

    Manual Dill pickle splitter. Makes 4 Dill pickle spears from 1 whole pickle. Best results when used lengthwise. Russ Loping

    It's actually a way to spike watermelons with the alcohol of your choice. from: thgttg

    Other winning answers:

    That’s a golf tee?? for the person who likes to over-complicate things. Carole Marciano

    That’s a tap for a beer keg or box of wine. Tony Marci

    Looks like one of those hidden flasks designed to look like a stake for a tent. Michael Battaglia

    It's a tap for collecting sap from a maple tree. Keith Phillip

    WINNERS (Who live in the U.S.) get the October 2019 issue of MAD. It's issue #9 produced by the LA team. MAD moved to LA December 2017, but I'm still writing for every issue from my Gizneyland studio in NYC. I'm continuing the WTHII game and sending out MAD magazines to winners since so many people say they love to play it. As announced over a year ago winners of MAD magazine are for US addresses only. (MAD postage to Canada was $11.00+ last year to send one copy.) If you live in the US, email me your full name & address and put MAD WINNER in the subject so I can pick it out easily. I'll autograph your MAD with your first name & my name unless you specify "Dick's name only". If you'd rather have one of those 38+ year old Alfred E. Neuman pictures, instead of August MAD, put "SEND ALFRED PIC NOT MAD" in the subject line. Soon, they will be no more of those either. The remaining Alfred E pics were shipped to MAD in LA. If you won more than once using different names, please just ask for one MAD. If you live anywhere outside of the US email me with WINNER in the subject line and I'll autograph an Alfred E. Neuman photo to you, scan it & email it to you. You can print it out & no one should know the difference. (I've done it quite a few times already and people say it looks fine.) Or, another choice is OMGchad & I can give you a shout out on the Giz Wiz Show as your prize if you want. (Tell me in your email.) Thanks! Dick De.

     Email me at gizwizbiz@gmail.com     

    Monday
    Jul012019

    Here's the new July/August 2019 "What The Heck Is It?" Game.

    Do you know what it is? To play, come up with the right answer, or make up a silly, or inventive answer that we find funny or clever that describes the gizmo shown. We give away up to 18 autographed copies of MAD Magazine. (Up to 6 for the correct answer, up to 12 for cute, silly answers.) The judges have very small attention spans, so make sure entries are no more than 25 words, and please make just one guess per entry. And you must sign your entry with a nickname, screen name, fake name, or even real name, but sign it! If it's not signed, it's not eligible. You'll be playing for the October 2019 issue of MAD - issue #9 of new MAD produced by the LA staff. (Yes, I'm still in every issue!) Remember, right answers and cute or clever wrong answers can win too! Please be sure to put " WTHII" in the subject line so we can pick it out quickly. And good luck! E-mail your entry to gizwizbiz@gmail.com by midnight (EST) August 31st 2019. By entering you agree this is a game for fun and laughs. Winning answers are published on this website the 1st or 2nd of September 2019, so come back to see if you won. Because like MAD, we're really low budget here, we can only mail winning copies to United States addresses.

    Please don't answer on this website; it won't count. Good Luck! Winners outside the US can have their names included as a "shout-out" on an upcoming Giz Wiz Show as their prize. Or have a 38+ year old Alfred E. Neumn photo autographed to them, scanned and emailed to you. Again, sign your entry with something - initials, first name, last name, full name, fake name, screen name, something or it won't count. We cut & paste the answers in a long list, so we need a name attached to it. Thanks for understanding.Once again entries go to: gizwizbiz@gmail.com

    Follow me on Twitter for announcement of the winners and reminders about the WTHII game:

    http://www.twitter.com/thegizwiz

    Monday
    Jul012019

    Winners of the May/June "What The Heck Is It?" game who had the correct answer are ----  

    Did you know what is was? It is a Zip Tomato Grape Slicer,  available in red or green. It is also sold as the Cobble Creek Tomato Grape Slicer which is the one I bought.

    Two people had the correct answer and one person said it was a kitchen vegetable slicer for peas, but we called that answer a winner too.

    Winners with full correct answer:

    This is a cherry tomato slicer - Put a few tomatoes in and move the handle to slice them. kas net

    It's a grape or grape tomato slicer. Betsy Howard

    Sort of close, so why not say it's a winner: It’s a kitchen tool to help you shell peas cleanly and easily so you can easily dump them in the trash, where they belong. Manley

    Winners above, see how to claim your MAD below the Cute, Silly, Could Be answers.