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    Tuesday
    May012018

    Here's the new May/June "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 July/August 2018 issue of MAD! It's the 2nd new MAD issue produced by the LA staff. (Yes, I'll still be 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 (EDT) June 30th 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 July 2018, so come back to see if you won. Because I'll be paying the $2.79 postage per issue, we're only mailing winning copies to the United States only.

    Follow me on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thegizwiz. 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 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.

    Tuesday
    May012018

    The Winners of the March/April "What The Heck Is It?" Game with the correct, or close answer.

    Only two person got the right answer to the March/April “What The Heck Is It?” game. That device is called “Slice Your Wiener” and it is indeed a Spiral Hot Dog Slicer! Jon Paul was sort of close with sausage holder, so we made him a wiener too, er a winner too.

    It's a spiral hot dog cutter Bad Billy

    Cyclone spiral hot dog slicer. Kim

    It’s a sausage holder for those of us who don’t eat the bun! Jon Paul

    These three plus the 15 below are winners. See how to claim your prize below the 'real, fake, funny' winners.

    Tuesday
    May012018

    Winning Clever, Cute and "Could-be" answers.  

    WINNERS above and below (WHO LIVE IN THE U.S.) win the June 2018 issue of MAD. It's MAD issue #1! Yes, the first issue produced by the new LA team. MAD's gone west but I'm still writing for them from my Gizneyland studio in NYC.

    The three answers given at least a couple of dozen times were something to do with a “napkin holder”, “a cable or rope holder” and something to do with “toenails”. We picked a few at random:

    It is a cable organizer. Used to keep cables together behind your computer, TV , Stereo, etc. Billy Kay

    It's a rope holder you put on your flagpole, so the ropes don't flap around in the wind. Keith Phillip

    I think this is a napkin holder. Make a fancy roll of your cloth napkin and slip this around it to keep it rolled and for presentation. Doug

    You’ve heard of Hair Extensions, Why not Fingernail Extensions. — PizzaGew

    It’s the clipping remnants of the former world record holder for longest fingers nails. Joe Polde

    We picked these because we felt the device almost could work for doing it:

    It is a carrot peeler Bryon J. Hammer

    A slicer for making curly fries from potatoes! "DR"

    It's a template for cutting a twist-of-lemon. Ralph​ Osinski

    And just silly stuff we liked:

    ​It's a banana that's spent too much time in the yoga class. Lil

    It's a thumb pick for a playing a Citar, duh! Paul Zemella

    "Tapeworm lounge beach chair" JMV in Georgia

    It's a prosthetic tail for pigs who are missing theirs! David Mayes

    It is a loop stunt ramp for a three ring flea circus. Brian "Ringmaster" Burwell

    Petrified Orange Peel. thanks, Brad Taylor

    A Slap Bracelet! (Mike) R. Greco, Sr.

    WINNERS above and below (WHO LIVE IN THE U.S.) win the June 2018 issue of MAD. It's MAD issue #1! Yes, the first issue produced by the new LA team. MAD's gone west but I'm still writing for them from my Gizneyland studio in NYC.

    There's no more MAD office in NYC, so I'll pay the $2.79 1st class postage for each winner's MAD. (But hey, it's a way for the game to go on.) As I announced months ago 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 May/June 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 live anywhere outside of the US email me with WINNER in the subject line and I'll autograph an Alfred E. Neuman photo, 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@aol.com  

    Thursday
    Mar012018

    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 (hopefully) for the May/Junel 2018 issue of MAD! It's the FINAL issue produced by the NY "Usual Gang of Idiots". The NEW MAD produced in LA starts with next issue. (Yes, I'll still be 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@aol.com by midnight (EDT) April 30th 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 May 2018, so come back to see if you won. Because I'll be paying the $2.79 postage per issue, we're only mailing winning copies to the United States only.

    Follow me on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thegizwiz. 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 a photo or poster 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.

    Thursday
    Mar012018

    The winners of the Jan/Feb 2018 'What The Heck Is It?' Game!

    It turns out more people guessesd the WTHII gadget than we expected. About 30 people got it right. We picked 6 at random. It is indeed a clip-on drink holder. You can find a lot of different versions of the drink holder on Amazon, some as low as 4 for $10. But read the reviews carefully. Most of them got really awful reviews. 

    Here are the six 'luck of the draw' winners:

     

    That is a clip on cup holder! Stan Cook

     

    This is a Clip Cup Holder for home or office desk or table. RETROARTIST

     

    Looks like a clip on cup holder to me. Mississauga Cliff

     

    It;s a portable cup holder Randy

     

    It’s a desk clamp to hold your drinks. G.A. Jones

    It is a clip on drink holder. Ron Grant

     

    These six plus the 12 below are winners. See how to claim your prize below the 'real, fake, funny' winners.