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    Here's the new Nov/Dec 2014 "What The Heck Is It?" Game + the Sept/Oct Winners!

    So 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 February 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 (EST) December 31st, 2014. 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, 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 Sept/Oct 2014 "What The Heck Is It?" Game!

    Below is what the Sept/Oct 'What The Heck Is It?" gadget looked like. More than a dozen people got it right, or close enough to win. Yes, they are corner protectors for sharp objects like glass tables. Our top winner also provided a link where you can buy them. Here are the winners:

    Corner protector to project small children from sharp corners.  Jesse Van Tilburg 

    (I think Jesse's link below takes you to a place that sells them for less than I paid. I'm using mine on a glass coffee table so our dog Fairway, who is 15, doesn't bump into one of the sharp corners.) 

    Too easy (maybe). Bumpers for corner of table,  saving your kid's head. Cassandra  

    Are they Baby Safety Table Desk Anti-collision Corner Guard Children Safety Edge Guards Ball Shaped? Todd Glovka 


    Looks to be corner and edge protectors for heavy objects. –MarixD  

    Those little guys are Silicone Protector Table Corner Edge Protection Covers. Russ Lofing  

    corner safety bumpers for Gumbys friends the block heads - square thinkers   Katt Embody  

    It's soft corner cushions for glass tables or shelves. Digithead 

    They are corner bumpers. Mark Harry  

    Corner protector, maybe to prevent kids from hurting themselves on furniture. Owen Junkin  

    Baby Safety/Kids Care Ball Shaped Table Corner Guards Protector Desk Edge Anti-collision Cushion Mark De Nardo 

    These are placed on the corners of desks/tables for protection. Not so much to protect the desk/table, but as protection for little kids who might bump into them. Lloyd Berry  

    I believe it is a desk corner protector .   Jerry B.

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


    Here's the clever, cute, original winners of the Sept/Oct 2014 "What The Heck Is It?" game.

    Everyone on this list - and the list above - is a winner! You'll receive the December, 2014 Issue of MAD. 

    Dozens of people answered with some form of ‘contact lens’. We picked these six: 

    It's a make-your-own eye contacts kit. Save money by making your own lenses at home. Bryon J. Hammer 

    It's contact lenses for insects.  NoLaGil 

    Looks like Mr. Magoo's contact lenses and cases. Corey Davis 

    Contact Lens for a Praying Mantis. — Pizzagew 

    World's Worst Contact Lenses! Uosdwis 

    Clip-on contact lenses. Karole 

    And an awful lot of ‘clam’ answers. We picked these: 

    It's apartments for homeless clams. Ron Hixson 

    Plastic clams with the clams removed.  Dave Martel 

    Synthetic clam shells.  Dave Martel 

    Clam Shells (reusable) for growing Cultured Pearls -askem277 

    And yes, many ‘implant’ answers. We picked a couple of mild ones: 

    Very obvious…They are holders for removable breast implants. Blue68Camaro 

    Breast implant shims       Wyatt dog

     Other winners: 

    They are insulators to hold objects and protect your fingers. Dave Ward  

    Airbag for Magic Beans!  GLENN PAULSEN

    It is the I-Airbag, Apple have launched a self deployed airbag system for when you drop your Iphone.  Daniel Tanaskovic

    Ice Ball Molds  -Matthew R 

    transparent candy -  ultimate whovian

    That is Silly Putty 'Clear'.  Chris Durkin

    Mouse port-a-potty.    Chuck 

    David Marande: Okay its a football helmet for bumble bees.

    A set of soap bubble holders for museum quality soap bubbles.  Scott

    Rubber Baby Buggy Bumper Guards  WBSimon 

    Finger Clappers/Finger Cymbals ~Hoosier Diva

    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 new Nov/Dec 2014 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.