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    Thursday
    Nov012018

    Here's the new November/December 2018 '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 February 2019 issue of MAD! It's issue #5 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) December 31st 2018. By entering you agree this is a game for fun and laughs. Winning answers are published on this website the 1st or 2nd of January 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

    Thursday
    Nov012018

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

    It turned out this WTHII picture was easier to guess than I thought. Almost two dozen people knew it. We picked six at random. 

    I have one of these. It is a clicker. You press the black space and it makes a clicking noise. Mike Toth.

     

    This is a "clicker" used as a bridging stimulus for animal training. -Chris Durkin

     

    Cricket noise makers. When you press the black piece of metal it makes a crick sounds and cricks again when you release the metal... Jay

     

    Clicker Trainer for Raptors, as used in Jurassic World. Eric Verhagen

     

    It’s a dog training clicker. Hilderbeard

     

    The current gadget is A Pet Training Clicker. ~Craig Spurlock

     

    Winners above, see how to claim your MAD below.

    Thursday
    Nov012018

    Funny, silly, and 'well, it could be that' answers.

    The answer given most often was something to do with a doorbell. We picked a few at random:

    A dummy doorbell button for people who don’t want to be bothered. Leon.

     

    Dollar-store knockoff of those "The Nest" doorbells. It rings at random times, so it's called "The Pest". - John Hattan

     

    Doorbell Condom? Roger A. Price

     

    Other winners:

     

    Rain cover for key hole. Diana in Yankee Land

     

    It's a wine press that squeezes one grape at a time. blintze

     

    Looks like an old Elevator call button. Scotto

     

    That is a pocket-sized one-hole paper punch. Carole Marciano

     

    Portable speaker. Carter

     

    It's the original red box vending machine from back in the day, and it holds just one betamax tape. Jim

     

    It looks like a peep hole from the other side. Doug Johnson

     

    This is a toilet seat for a tall very skinny guy. ---->YoYo<----

     

    WINNERS (Who live in the U.S.) get the December 2018 issue of MAD. It's MAD issue #4, the 4th issue produced by the new LA team. MAD moved to LA December 2017, but I'm still writing for every issue from my Gizneyland studio in NYC.

    I'll pay the class postage for each winner's MAD. Since so many people say they love playing the game, I wanted to make sure it went on.) As announced late last year winners of MAD magazine are now 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 35+ year old Alfred E. Neuman pictures, instead of December 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 have been 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    

     

     

    Friday
    Aug312018

    Here's the new Sept/Oct 2018 "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 2018 issue of MAD! It's issue #4 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 2018. 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 2018, 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. Follow me on Twitter for announcement of the winners and introduction of the next game:

    http://www.twitter.com/thegizwiz

    Once again entries go to: gizwizbiz@gmail.com

    Friday
    Aug312018

    And the winners with the actual answer are ---- 

    It's been a long time since no one guessed what the "WTHII" gadget was, but it is the 

    Quake Escape Earthquake Activated 48 Hour Light With Alarm by Safe-T-Proof

    Here's what Amazon says about it: "Light Your Way to Safety with this new earthquake activated light and alarm. The IntelliSense Technology ®differentiates between earthquake motion and other vibrations. The alarm tells you to get to safety now. The LED light stays on for an amazing 48 hours!"

    I have no idea if it works and there are only two reviews on Amazon. One gave it 5 stars and the other gave it 1 star. One said: "Ingenious" and the other said: "Crappy".

    It sells for about $40 and it's here on Amazon:

    https://www.amazon.com/Quake-Escape-Earthquake-Activated-Light/dp/B00584B2H8/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

    (Not an affiliate link. I have no idea if this works.)

    Since no one got it and since there were so many entries, we're going to give away 18 autographed MAD's to the cute, crappy, could-be winning answers. (Sorry, only to folks with US addresses. Like MAD, we're CHEAP.)