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    Thursday
    Sep012016

    Here's the new Sept/Oct 2016 "What The Heck Is It?" Game. And the Winners of the July/August 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.) And remember, 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 December 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) October 31st 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 November 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: http://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!

    Thursday
    Sep012016

    And the winners of the July/August WTHII game with the actual answer are.............

    About two dozen people knew that the July/August WTHII gadget was the Dap Cap! We picked a dozen winners at random. Who knew we had so many DYI'ers in our audience! 

    It's a DAP Cap caulk finishing tool. Bob McAdams

     

    My guess is that the yellow object is a “Caulk Finishing Tool.” The Rocket Ranger

     

    It is a caulk smoother tool. Makes it straight and even. David Eckard

     

    I believe that's a caulk trowel. Eric Selje

     

    Caulking smoothing tool. Cel Begshaw

     

    caulk application tool and tube plug. Ryan

     

    I believe the pictured item is a fingertip tooling knife for caulking. Glen Celmer

     

    That is a Caulking Cap / Finishing Tool. Derryl McDowell

     

    DAP Cap Caulk Finishing Tool — PizzaGew, Lake Nacimiento, CA

    Its a caulk spudger. http://www.homedepot.com/p/CAP-Caulk-Finishing-Tool-209293/203915184 John Bailey

     

    I do believe this is a tool for smoothing out caulk, you stick your finger in, drag it along with the triangle end and get a nice smooth bead. Sam

     

    caulk finishing tool, used to apply a smooth finish to ooey-gooey silicone caulk. Big Jim Donaldson

     

    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.

     

    Thursday
    Sep012016

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

    These entries and the ones above are all winners of October MAD, assuming you in live in the US or Canada. (If not, email us and we'll give you a shout-out on The Giz Wiz Show!) 

    My guess is the world's most terrible ice cream scoop. Scott Napier

     

    t's the snowplow from your model train set. Ian Winkler

     

    It's a mold for a yield sign. Dave Martel

     

    Angry Birds catapult v 2.1 Terry

     

    A Zero Gravity Mustard Dispenser. Obviously. Nickolas

     

    These arrows are embedded in the pavement to guide the latest version of a driverless car - currently being tested at Legoland. Marty

     

    It is the little yellow arrow that follows you around on a handheld GPS -Bryon J. Hammer

     

    Pizza catapult so you can serve pizza faster! =D Scott Perrino

     

    It's a prosthetic duck bill with built in quacker. John M.

     

    That is a "Automatic direction finder for a Nomad. Glued to head and always know the direction you are going. Ahead!" Steve..

     

    The object is a juicer. You stick it in your favorite fruit (or least favorite friend), give it a squeeze & out comes the juice. Fred Sciarratta

     

    A shoe horn for elves. Petrina Copes

     

    For the man that always misses "The Toilet Indicator" Les Mcilnay

     

    Tis indeed a corn cob holder with an arrow that shows where to begin eating your corn. -Amy McDonald

     

    It's a Minion Urinal - Jerome Blackman

     

    This is a spout slash opener for the old style motor oil cans. Chris Thornton

     

    It's a car port for you to park your pet armadillo Fuzzy

     

    It's a real-world mouse pointer, possibly controlled via remote control. It allows you to point to things, like the cat, for example. Dickie L S Williams

     

    - pooper scooper for miniature dogs Steve Overton

     

    Its a MOMA version of a triceratops dinosaur. Dave Folkner

     

    That is a juice extractor for grapefruit, oranges, etc. Skullman

     

    A Zero Gravity Mustard Dispenser. Obviously. Nickolas

     

     It's an easel for the artists who paint those triangular slow-moving vehicle warning signs seen on Amish buggies. R. Osinski

     

    This is an easy one, the Beatles told us about this item back in the sixties.  It’s a yellow submarine. Dave. J 

    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 Sept/Oct 2016 WTHII game. And be sure to sign your entry with a name, initials, something - or it won't be counted. Last month

    Friday
    Jul012016

    Here's the old July/August 2016 "What The Heck Is It?" Game. And the Winners of the May/June 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.) And remember, 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 October 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) August 31st 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 September 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 May/June 2016 "What The Heck Is It?" Game with the correct answer!

    Seems like this wasn't a good choice for the “What The Heck Is It?” game. More than 100 people knew the real answer. We picked a dozen at random since that's how many MAD's we have for correct answers. Here are the winners with the correct answers picked at random: 

    It's a Gardex leaf scoop. Here it is on Amazon:

     

    http://www.amazon.com/Gardex-LS-1000-Leaf-Scoops/dp/B000H5SZ1Y/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1462120050&sr=8-3&keywords=leaf+collector Steve Miller

     

    This gadget is the Gardex Leaf Scoops. You put them on your hands to scoop leaves up like big claws. Brandon Hanke

     

    The item for May/June 2016 is Leaf Scoops. Rick Kramer

     

    I'm pretty sure those are "claws" for picking up leaves. Sam

     

    Those are leaf scoops. Stan Cook

     

    rake-like attachment that makes it easy to scrape leaves into the trash. -- John Hattan

     

    ​It's a leaf mitt. Use two of them to pick up leaves in the yard. Bill in RI

     

    It's a leaf scoop, for scooping raked leaves into garbage bags. George Cabalo

     

    Those are rake hands. You hold them via the handle on the back and use them to rake and pick up leaves. Dan Wakerhauser

     

    Leaf scoops -- large claw hands worn to pickup leaves etc. John Nooncaster

     

    I believe these are used to pickup leaves or lawn clippings and put in trash can or trash bag. Hands go in rectangular slot and increase pickup ability. Robert Oneill

     

    It's a Leaf Grabb'r - Nancy S.

     

    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.