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    Sunday
    May012016

    Here's the new May/June 2016 "What The Heck Is It?" Game. And the Winners of the Mar/Apr 2016 game!

    Here it is! 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 three dozen autographed copies of MAD Magazine. (Up to 12 for the correct answer, up to 24 for cute, silly answers.) IMPORTANT! 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. You can enter more than once, and you can enter even if you've won in the past. But 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 August 2016 issue of MAD! 

    Remember, right answers and cute or clever wrong answers can win! 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@aol.com by midnight (EDT) June 30th 2016. By entering you agree this is a game for fun and laughs. Winning answers are published on this website the 1st or 2nd of July 2016, so come back to see if you won. Because MAD is real cheap, we have to limit mailing winning copies to the United States and Canada. If you've won, follow the directions below to claim your prize! I'll tweet a few reminders for folks to check to see if they've won when winners are announced, so please follow me on Twitter: www.twitter.com/thegizwiz Please don't answer on this website; it won't count. Good Luck! Winners outside the US and Canada can have their names included as a "shout-out" on an upcoming Giz Wiz Show as their prize. Yep, MAD is that CHEAP!

    Sunday
    May012016

    Here are the winners of the March/April 2016 "What The Heck Is It?" Game with the correct answer!

    We had only four winners with the correct answer, but we're giving 25 MAD's for cute, silly answers below. Here are the winners who what the 'What The Heck Is It?' gadget was: 

    MistyMate 14000G Twist & Mist Flexible Nozzle. It is to keep you cool in the summer. Brandon Hanke

     

    (It's on Amazon & at Home Depot & other places for under $10.)

     

    Its A Mist Cap That Screws On A Hose, It Sprays Mist At The End. -EndedJ

     

    This answer was sort of in the right area, so why not: a mister attachment that fits on a regular water bottle or soda container. Steve Border

     

    Attaches to a hose to become a garden gnome's personal portable cooling coil on those hot summer days in the tomato patch. Daniel Mottola

     

    These folks and the people on the cute, clever list below are winners. See the bottom on the next panel on how to collect your prize.

    Sunday
    May012016

    Winners for cute clever answers. All winners in US & Canada get June, 2016 MAD 

    We got more than a dozen of these. We picked one at random:

    You connect that to the top of a mustard or ketchup bottle to get a perfect squiggle on top of your hotdog. - Mighty Max

     

    We got a lot of these. We picked one at random:

     

    water bottle hanger Jay Horsley

     

    An awful lot of 'pig's tail' answers. We picked one at random:

     

    It's a prosthetic pig tail! AkaJoE

     

    Other winners:

     

    It is a ketchup slow dispensor to increase the anticipation with even slower moving ketchup. Curt Eskridge

     

    Plastic device sold in western outdoor stores for hikers to throw ahead of them in rattlesnake country like a snake in heat to trick rattlers. Tomchopper

     

    It's a mold for gummy worms. DaveMartel

     

    It's a nozzle for injecting mayonnaise spirals into cucumbers. Ian Gordon, Camberley, UK

     

    Flashlight bezel attachment to channel light into fiber optic. Often used to search body cavities for alien implants. Rich

     

    This is a phone cord for soda bottles. It allows for free long distance calls between Coke and Pepsi. Danny

     

    It's a key chain that attaches to your eyeball so that you can keep an eye on your keys.

    Julian C.

     

    This is the counterpart to the Salad Spinner, the Salad Dressing Spinner. Later this year, they are also releasing the Crouton Spinner. -- John Hattan

     

    It converts a .5 litre water bottle into a still. Eric Duckman

     

    Phone cord extender for those who have a rotary phone. Just in case the cord still isn't long enough. Ben Micek

     

    Bottle cap for a water bottle with a built-in twisty straw. Christobel

     

    That is an extendable “Udder Tet” for milking tall cows! Jon Paul Frontino

     

    I think that the current gadget is a device for giving a snake an enema. Steve Miller

     

    MacGyver Merchandise make your own jet propulsion kit. The other parts are a plastic bottle and a stick of gum. Marcia

     

    A do-it-yourself I.V. Kit - just attach bottle of booze and basket ball inflating needle. Gordon Alcorn

     

    kitchen faucet hose to water house plants - Jason Harris

     

    A diet drink straw you attach to a bottle. You put so much effort into getting the liquid up the straw, you can't finish it. Michael Dougherty

     

    It's a travel carrier for your pet worm. Martin Osterhout

     

    In Texas we use this device to make the swirls in adult beverages. Big Steveo in Texas

     

    It is part of a child's "My First Still" set. Ian Winkler

     

    It's an aerator with a screw-on cap for cheap bottled wines! Matthew B. Tepper

     

    These come in many different sizes and are used for performing music, usually by a spring quartet. Marty

     

    CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS! If you won more than once, please just ask for one autographed MAD. Yes, we know some enter several times under different names. :) Email me your full name & address - (US/Canada only - otherwise email me & we'll give you a shout-out on The Giz Wiz). I'll autograph your MAD with your first name & my name unless you specify Dick's name only.  Please put MAD WINNER in the subject line, so I can pick it out quickly. Thanks!!!  Dick De, The Giz Wiz & MAD's Maddest Writer. Email me at: gizwizbiz@aol.com

     

    Don't forget to go back to the top of this page to play the May/June 2016 WTHII game. And be sure to sign your entry with a name, initials, something - or it won't be counted. Last month more than a dozen entries weren't signed and were disqualified. Thanks. DickDe 

    Friday
    Jan012016

    This was the Jan/Feb 2016 "What The Heck Is It?" Game. And the Winners of the Nov/Dec 2015 game!

    Here it is! 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 three dozen autographed copies of MAD Magazine. (Up to 12 for the correct answer, up to 24 for cute, silly answers.) IMPORTANT! 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. You can enter more than once, and you can enter even if you've won in the past. But 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 2016 issue of MAD! 

    Remember, right answers and cute or clever wrong answers can win! 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@aol.com by midnight (EDT) February 29th 2016. 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 2016, so come back to see if you won. Because MAD is real cheap, we have to limit mailing winning copies to the United States and Canada. If you've won, follow the directions below to claim your prize! I'll tweet a few reminders for folks to check to see if they've won when winners are announced, so please follow me on Twitter: www.twitter.com/thegizwiz Please don't answer on this website; it won't count. Good Luck! Winners outside the US and Canada can have their names included as a "shout-out" on an upcoming Giz Wiz Show as their prize. Yep, MAD is that CHEAP!

    Friday
    Jan012016

    Here are the winners of the Nov/Dec 2015 "What The Heck Is It?" Game!

    The 'What The Heck Is It?' gadget was the Stalwart Universal Utility Tool Holder. It's at Walmart for about $8. Six people came close enough to be winners.

    It is a broom rack. Stew Shapiro

    It attaches to the wall and holds brooms and tools with handles armchairchef

     

    I think it's something like a rack that you fix onto a wall or door and which you can use to hold your mops and brooms and anything with a long handle. Jonathan

     

    Mop holder. Sue Warrick

     

    It looks like this is the "Sto-Away Universal Utility Tool Holder". I know this because it was on a daily deals site today! Jason Head

     

    It's an adjustable, sliding hanging/storage thingy. Beckee

     

    If you've won, you'll get an autographed copy of the Feb 2016 issue of MAD. Just follow the directions below the other winners to claim your prize!