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    Wednesday
    Nov012017

    Here's the new Nov/Dec 2017 'What The Heck Is It? Game - But it ends early, Dec. 17th! Read below for big changes.

    IMPORTANT! MAD MAGAZINE is moving to Burbank, California at the end of the year, so read about this game carefully. This November/December 2017 WTHII game runs all of November and ends midnight Sunday December 17th EST!

    Hopefully I'll be able to send out the normal number of Jan/Feb MAD magazines - for up to 36 winners. But you must check to see if you're a winner right after I post the names on December 18th! MAD NYC will close on December 22nd because of the holidays and I won't have MADs to send out after that date or a mail room to send them from, so I must hear if you're a winner before December 22, 2017. (I'll Tweet a reminder, so follow me on Twitter @thegizwiz.) And be sure to sign your entry with a name, initials, something - or it won't be counted. Every month about two dozen people don't sign their entries, so please sign yours! There's the photo! 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 Jan/Feb 2017 "MAD 20 DUMBEST" issue! IMPORTANT: People seem to like playing WTHII, so I'll keep the game going from Gizneyland. But new game rules & prizes start January, 2018. I'll post those later on. For now, see below "cute, clever" answers for details.

    Wednesday
    Nov012017

    Winners of the Sept/Oct 'WTHII game' with the correct answer.

    About half a dozen people had the right answer. It was, as our first correct answers indicated, the Dexas Micromitt. It's here on Amazon:

    http://amzn.to/2gQcOb7

    It appears to be a silicone Dexas Micromitt. It could be used to

    catch HOT biscuits or Hush Puppies. Dave Folkner

    Looks like a Dexas Silicone Pinch Mitt. A oven mitt that protects your fingers when handling hot pots and pans. Brandon Hanke 

    Other correct answers:  

    Oven mitt? As seen on Amazon- Moses Torres

    I think this is a silicone pan grabber, like an oven mitt. Steve and Rainy Smyth

     And close enough: It's a hand pick up for hot corn on the cob. Areone43

    See how to claim your MAD magazine below "cute, clever" answers.

    Wednesday
    Nov012017

    Cute & Clever Answers! Winners above and below will receive November/December "Stranger Things" MAD - See note at bottom if you're playing the new game.

    There were about a dozen Hippopotamus answers. We picked two at random:

    Hippopotamus Wax Lips! - themob

     

    This is a denture holder for a hippopotamus. Skullman

     

    And lots of dentures answers: We picked a few:

     

    It's dentures for senior vampires. Lothar

     

    It is a set of dentures for people who like to eat walnuts shell and all Bryon J. Hammer

     

    It's a set of dentures for a piranha! David Tucci

     

    CLOWN DENTURES Jim Woodiwiss

     

    We got this about half a dozen times, we picked two at random:

     

    It is a cat licker, you put it in your mouth and lick your cat to remove hair. For those who like there cats way too much. Twood95

     

    It looks like a device used to brush a cat that one puts in their mouth. It's supposed to simulate licking the cat. Kenito Wills

     

    Other winning answers:

     

    It's an older cell phone stand. vinmatpap

     

    it's a torture beanbag chair/lounger! Beckee

     

    its a soap holder Karl in Phoenix

     

    It is used by Swiss monks, the Pieds qui Puent, to make holes in their favorite cheese. Marc

     

    It’s a bed of nails from the Twizzlers company. (Painfully delicious!) Jonathan Wander

     

    Used to ship very fragile items. Holds item in place so as not to jostle around. — PizzaGew

     

    Device to "pre-chew" your food to prevent you from getting food stuck in your teeth. With this device you can just swallow and not get your pearly whites dirty! Patrick Gormley

     

    tracyhendershot It's a cord gripper for a window shade.

     

    "Foot massage chair for Lego person." Diana in Yankee Land

     

    I'm going to guess a spaghetti comb. I know mine is always a tangled mess when I remove it from the pot. charlotte smith

     

    Tongue scraper for the Sea World Shamu Dental hygiene experience. Jason Harris

     

    This is an inflatable chair for people who sleep on nail beds Jack Korber

     

    Obviously this is a 3d printed tongue massager/cleaner. Nelsoncomputer

     

    It is a hair brush for Raggedy Ann's red yarn hair. Garyinjax

     

    The worst bleacher seat EVER!!! Rob Hobbis

     

    tomhank: They are the answer to how to dehair your shucked corn.... It is a corn dehairer!!! :-)

     

    It looks like the thing I put on my fingers to keep them from getting cut while I am slicing vegetables. Doug "No Fingertips" Johnson

     

    John Hattan - That is a pancake-to-waffle converter. To reverse the process, attach your waffle to a bicycle pump.

     

    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 & OMGchad & I will give you a shout-out on The Giz Wiz Show). 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     

    IMPORTANT! MAD MAGAZINE is moving to Burbank, California at the end of the year, so read everything below carefully for big changes to the "What The Heck Is It?" game starting 2018!! Even though MAD will have a whole new staff in California, I'll still be writing for them from my Gizneyland studio here in NYC. (Fortunately, Bill Morrison, the new editor, said they want to keep my streak of being in every issue of MAD for 51 years alive!) But I will no longer have access to copies of MAD to send out, and I will no longer have a mail room to send winners their copies. Since people say they like playing the WTHII game I'll continue it. For several months the prizes will be fun MAD stuff I had in my office when I packed it up. Things like a page of MAD stamps that were bound in MAD Specials like 30+ years ago, or a sheet of old MAD stationery. I'll be doing all the shipping myself so they'll be 6 winners for folks with the right answer and 12 winners for people with silly, cute, dumb answers starting with the Jan/Feb 2018 game. Unfortunately prizes will be for US only.  If you play the November/December 2017 WTHII game be aware it runs all of November and ends midnight December 17th EDT. Hopefully I'll be able to send out the normal number of Jan/Feb MAD magazines - up to 36 winners. But you must check to see if you're a winner right after I post them on December 18th! MAD NYC will close on December 22nd because of the holidays and I won't have MADs to send out after that date or a mail room to send them from, so I must hear from you if you're a winner by December 21st. (I'll Tweet a reminder, so follow me on Twitter @thegizwiz.) And be sure to sign your entry with a name, initials, something - or it won't be counted. Every month about two dozen people don't sign their entries, so please sign yours! Thanks, DickDe, The Giz Wiz and MAD's Maddest Writer. 

    Friday
    Sep012017

    Here's the new Sept/Oct 2017 "What The Heck Is It?" Game. And the Winners of the July/August 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 Nov/Dec 2017 issue of MAD!

    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) October 31, 2017. 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 2017, 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.

    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! -- 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 long lists, so we need a name attached to it. Thanks.

    Friday
    Sep012017

    Winners of the July/August 'WTHII game' with the correct answer.

    A lot more people than I expected knew the correct answer to this month's WTHII. It is indeed the Flashing LED Mouthpiece.

    Great for Halloween coming up shortly. And they're very cheap, about $20 for 2 dozen of them. Yes, I bought two dozen to give away at the 2017 meet-up! (Click Dick's Log & Blog on the right & down to read about our 7th annual meet-up in NYC.)

    They're here on Amazon & they're Amazon Prime: http://amzn.to/2wr8KoB

    About three dozen people had the right answer, so we picked a dozen at random. And here they are:

    It is an LED that is worn like a denture and flashes inside your mouth. I've seen people in clubs wearing them.... Dave Ward

     

    "Flashing LED Mouth Guard". It makes your mouth flash different colors. John Hattan.

     

    Looks like a LED flashing mouthpiece. Keep up the LED gadgets, everybody

    loves LED Bill Hall

     

    It's a party in your mouth, a.k.a. an oral light show, perhaps a tooth disco. Kyle

     

    It's an LED you put in your mouth, and I hope Dick demonstrates -AngelRose

     

    My guess is a led mouth piece, Mathew Bradfield

     

    It's a light up mouth guard. Thank you for making me feel old and remember my old raving days in clubs. Amanda

     

    I took my daughter to Main Event and low and behold there on a hook was flashing mouth. That is what the heck it is. Todd Glovka

     

    I actually know what this is because I found one in my back yard after Halloween night. You put it in you mouth sort of like a upper denture and it flashes. Rich Bagood

     

    My guess is that it is an LED mouth piece. Michael Gendron

     

    It's a Flashing Mouthpiece to make one's teeth & lips glow at the disco! Great fun at parties.

    R. Osinski

     

    It looks like a LED Flashing Mouth Light Scott Nelson