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    Here's the new May/June 2015 "What The Heck Is It?" Game + the Mar/April Winners!

    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 Augusst 2015 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 by midnight (EDT) June 30th, 2015. 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, 2015, 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 follow me on Twitter:   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!


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

     March/April 2015 "What The Heck Is It?" game players – meet the YarnIt! 

    This was a fun “What The Heck Is It?” game, because I got to play it myself. Dr. Mom emailed a WTHII photo two months ago and I couldn’t guess what it was. But surprise, five people did. I didn’t mention that Dr. Mom sent me the photo before the game ended because many know that Lil loves to knit and that might have been a big clue. Below is her photo of the YarnIt she uses in action. The company makes a few models; the one with the 'stache is the sort of aimed at men who knit. Dr. Mom’s a winner of course, as is everyone else on this page. (By the way, those little 'staches in the base are yarn markers - sold separately.) If you want to try to stump me, you can also email me possible WTHII pictures that might be used in a future game. 

    Meanwhile, those who got it right: 

    It's a portable yarn carrier for knitting/crocheting on the move - hence the strap and holes for the yarn to come out from. Zoe Deterding 

    It’s a Yarnit.  It’s the dust-free alternative to the yarn bowl.  It holds your yarn as you knit. cabn44 

    It's a yarn holder, for knitters.  You put your yarn ball in the globe, it keeps your yarn tidy while knitting.  You can also put other knitting accessories in the bottom. The blue thing keeps the holder from rolling all over the floor. Bonnie Hensley 

    It is a yarn protector - Protects yarn from attracting dirt, debris and the attention of pets. Always allows yarn to flow easy and tangle free. Ira Brickman 

    It’s "The Yarnit.”  Like a yarn bowl but keeps wool dust-free. Barbara Leaf

    If you've won, you'll get an autographed copy of the June (Weird Al) issue of MAD. Just follow the directions below the other winners to claim your prize! 


    Here's the clever, cute, original winners of the March/April 2015 "What The Heck Is It?" game.

    Everyone on this list - and the list above - is a winner! You'll receive the June 2015 issue of MAD. 

    This is a storage device for displaying items on your fireplace mantel or if you don't have a fireplace on the table next to your recliner. Michael W. Scheel 

    Pretend husband with carrying strap – Hekanos 

    It is a mustache toupee holder - Bryon J. Hammer 

    It's a Dicky De. Clone incubator.  You start with the mustache and grow a new Dicky De! Graycat98 

    It’s a Southern California Barber’s Snow Globe.  It’s empty because Southern California is current experiencing a drought. Pam Jackson 

    I know exactly what this one is.  It's Tom Servo's extra head for formal events. Andrew Lenahan (We got about eigth Tom Servo answers, so we picked one at random.) 

    That is a Christmas tree ornament where you can insert a picture to give yourself a mustache or angel wings. -Mick G 

    That’s a diver’s helmet with windshield wipers. Gary 

    A mini Goldfish bowl you wear around your neck! :) -Buddy D. 

    This is a portable egg holder to class up any egg with a mustache. Wesley Deland 

    This is a nighttime holder for your dentures! The kit comes with different kinds of moustaches to pin on the outside so you can see how you look when you smile! Owl Pirate 

    It’s clearly a Movember-themed spacesuit helmet for astronauts who don’t have a mustache. - Paul Ring 

    It is a Lyft exercise ball for a hamster Ian Winkler 

    It looks like two fish kissing in a cool betta fish bowl with a hanging strap to suspend it from a hook. moe 

    It is a clear head from mr. Potato head! Rocknrobin 

    This is Dickie De's first mustache at the Smithsonian Library. Chickenhead21 

    It is a portable gumball machine that comes with decorative stickers.                         ultimate whovian 

    I think what you have there is the Halloween Costume for the Headless Horseman. C.R. 

    A mustache humidor. Wally, Mason City, Iowa 

    This looks like The Invisible Man Disguise Kit  I bought. Massillon Tiger Fan

    It is a rejected Dick DeBartolo droid for the new Star Wars movie. Justin Karguth 

    A portable mustache washing machine. ~Laura D 

    Portable bingo ball mixer  Jason Harris 

    This is the Motorcycle Terror Dome from the flea circus. John in Jacksonville 

    I think it is a home bubblegum dispenser. Walter C Pope Jr. 

    If you won more than once, please just ask for one autographed MAD. 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:

    Don't forget to go back to the top of this page to play the May/June 2015 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.