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    Friday
    Mar012019

    Here's The New March April "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 June 2019 issue of MAD - issue #7 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) April 30th 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 May 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 announcements of the winners and reminders about the WTHII game: http://www.twitter.com/thegizwiz 

    Thursday
    Feb282019

    Winners we picked who had the correct answer are ----  

    Lots of folks had the right answer because, yes, I used this a gadget on the show about 8 years ago. I thought showing it upside down might fool everyone, but I was wrong. Here's are the 6 winners picked at random.  (Amazingly, it's still on Amazon 8 years later for under $11.00! https://amzn.to/2GTgyI6 

    Winners with the right answer:

    I could have sworn that when you showed the instant water fountain on the show it was blue. I don't think you should be drinking out of it if it has changed colors like that. Dan Wakerhauser

     

    It's the Tapi Drinking Fountain. You put it on the end of the spout of a faucet. You pinch the opening and water comes out of the top to drink out of. Brandon Hanke

     

    Jean-Claude Pirrello - Is it a faucet water diverted. It turns the faucet into a drinking fountain, of sorts.

     

    It's a faucet drinking fountain attachment. I suspect EVERYONE will get this one, as I think you had it on the show once. J. Bryan Holzhey -

     

    It is a rubber device that fits over your sick faucet to turn it into a drinking fountain. You squeeze the bottom and water flow though the top. Badmoon

     

    I think (because I remember it being so cool at the time) it's Tapi, the personal squeeze-to-drink water fountain attachment for faucets. JC

     

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

    Thursday
    Feb282019

    Clever, Cute, Could Be Winning Answers:

    Lots of Q*bert answers!! We picked one a random:

    Scott Johnson: It's the original prototype for Q*bert!

     

    Lots & Lots of urinal answers: We picked one at random:

     

    It's a portable urinal. Brian Keith Smith-

     

    And about a dozen 'pig nose' answers. We picked one at random:

     

    It is a mask you put on to look like a pig. George using iPad

     

    Other winning answers:

     

    This is a protective tip for elephant trunks when they drink water. It eliminates gator bites. Mike from Pittsburgh.

     

    It is the proverbial lead balloon. Curt Eskridge

     

    That’s a genie bottle for the heavy-set genie. Simply missing its stopper. Carole Marciano

     

    It’s for blowing up balloons with your nose. You put the balloon on the round end and the other end over your nose. Dennis

     

    It looks like a nose snorkel for when you are completely submerged in the bath tub, you can still breathe. Mike

     

    It's a snore suppressor. You place it over your partner's mouth while they are asleep and then when they snore, you simply put a cork in it. -Chad Masters

     

    That's a bottle-neck that you attach to a box of wine so you can at least pretend that you're not drinking wine from a box. -- John Hattan

     

    It's the bud vase I made in Mrs. McGuillicuddy's 5th grade art class. How'd YOU get it? Ralph Osinski

    It's an INKWELL for your quill or old-time nib pen. Keith Phillip 

    WINNERS (Who live in the U.S.) get the April 2019 issue of MAD. It's issue #6 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 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 April 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  

    Tuesday
    Jan012019

    Here's the new Jan/Feb 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 April 2019 issue of MAD - issue #6 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) February 28th 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 March 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 35+ 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

    Tuesday
    Jan012019

    Winners we picked who had the correct answer are ---- 

    There were A LOTof correct answers. We picked six at random that included the word Champagne, since that's what it's sold as, a champagne bottle stopper. Yes Chad showed this on the Giz Wiz years ago, but I hoped people didn't recognize it from the bottom! And they're very inexpensive! Here's 5 for $10 on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2s6t6lT 

    Our 6 winners, picked from dozens at random:

     

    The gadget looks like one of my favorite gadgets that Chad had on the show a couple of years ago. It is a champagne bottle stopper. Brandon Hanke

     

    Looks like a champagne/sparkling wine/liquor bottle cap stopper saver/ sealer. Scotto

     

    A bubble keeperinerer for Champagne, clips over the neck of the bottle. Kayhe9 (not in US)

     

    It's a champagne stopper, to re-cork your bubbly between soirees. The hinged stopper latches onto the bottle below the annulus (that's what it's called). Ralph Osinski

     

    Definitely know it’s a champagne bottle stopper. SaxmanJoe

     

    It's a stopper for champagne bottles. You put the stopper on top and the two wings attach to the ring around neck. Kotsker

     

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