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    Wednesday
    May012019

    Here's the new May/June 2019 "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 August 2019 issue of MAD - issue #8 of new MAD produced by the LA staff. (Yes, I'm still 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 (EST) June 30th 2019. 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 2019, so come back to see if you won. Because like MAD, we're really low budget here, we can only mail winning copies to United States addresses.

    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 have a 38+ 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.Once again entries go to: gizwizbiz@gmail.com

    Follow me on Twitter for announcement of the winners and reminders about the WTHII game:

    http://www.twitter.com/thegizwiz

    Wednesday
    May012019

    Winners we picked who had the correct answer are ---- 

    With the exact correct answer: I know what the object is - it can be attached to bathroom tiles in the shower while on the other you may attach your [not heavy] shampoo bottle. (I have 3 of these) Rowel C.

    It is a device that you use to suction cup a bottle of shampoo or body wash to your shower wall. Beondhuman

     

    Close enough: A suction on shower door. -Chad Masters

     

    Gadget suction shower caddy. Jeffrey Slomovitz

     

    It’s a double-sided suction cup shower organizer. I have one and it’s really useful. Tim Bosma

     

    It’s the back of a pillow that easily sticks to the bathtub with suction cups. Carole Marciano

     

    Winners above, see how to claim your MAD below the Cute, Silly, Could Be answers. 

    Wednesday
    May012019

    Cute, Clever & 'Could be' Winners. 

    MOST GIVEN ANSWER, SOMETHING TO DO WITH AN OCTOPUS. We picked one at random:

    A cast for injured octopi. It includes artificial suckers to take the strain off of the damaged limb. Dan Wakerhauser

     

    And most given second answer were uses for the WTHII gadget that could actually work. We picked a few at random:

     

    It’s a suction for your phone, to put in your car or dash, to keep it from slipping/ sliding away. Butchie.

     

    It sticks your dinner plate to the table on a rolling ship. Happy Sailing! David Eckards

     

    Third most given answer, some kind of floating pool mattress. We picked one a random:

     

    It's a floating pool lounger for your smart phone. Chrystal M.

     

    Other winning answers:

     

    It's one of what window washers wear on their feet when they clean glass skyscrapers.

    Ian Winkler

     

    Looks like one of those flexible ice cube trays. — PizzaGew, Lake Nacimiento, CA

     

    Spiderman’s practice suction pads. Bob White, Tulsa OK

     

    Massaging shoe insert pad for Bigfoot. HDEditor

     

    M&Ms mailer. Allows you to send M&Ms through the mail without worrying about them getting damaged along the way. -Chris Durkin

     

    31 day disposable contact lens package. Just peel and stick it in your eye... Rakurtz60107

     

    It's a bed of nails for people who want to avoid any discomfort. Keith Phillip

     

    It looks like my tongue after eating a habanero. Blintze

     

    WINNERS (Who live in the U.S.) get the June 2019 issue of MAD. It's issue #7 produced by the LA team. MAD moved to LA December 2017, but I'm still writing for every issue from my Gizneyland studio in NYC. I'm continuing the WTHII game and sending out MAD magazines to winners since so many people say they love to play it. As announced over a year ago winners of MAD magazine are 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 38+ year old Alfred E. Neuman pictures, instead of 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 were shipped to MAD in LA. If you won more than once using different names, please just ask for one MAD. 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 to you, 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@gmail.com   

    Friday
    Mar012019

    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 for the June 2019 issue of MAD - issue #7 of new MAD produced by the LA staff. (Yes, I'm still 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 (EST) April 30th 2019. 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 2019, so come back to see if you won. Because like MAD, we're really low budget here, we can only mail winning copies to United States addresses.

    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 have a 38+ 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.Once again entries go to: gizwizbiz@gmail.com

    Follow me on Twitter for announcements of the winners and reminders about the WTHII game: http://www.twitter.com/thegizwiz 

    Thursday
    Feb282019

    Winners we picked who had the correct answer are ----  

    Lots of folks had the right answer because, yes, I used this a gadget on the show about 8 years ago. I thought showing it upside down might fool everyone, but I was wrong. Here's are the 6 winners picked at random.  (Amazingly, it's still on Amazon 8 years later for under $11.00! https://amzn.to/2GTgyI6 

    Winners with the right answer:

    I could have sworn that when you showed the instant water fountain on the show it was blue. I don't think you should be drinking out of it if it has changed colors like that. Dan Wakerhauser

     

    It's the Tapi Drinking Fountain. You put it on the end of the spout of a faucet. You pinch the opening and water comes out of the top to drink out of. Brandon Hanke

     

    Jean-Claude Pirrello - Is it a faucet water diverted. It turns the faucet into a drinking fountain, of sorts.

     

    It's a faucet drinking fountain attachment. I suspect EVERYONE will get this one, as I think you had it on the show once. J. Bryan Holzhey -

     

    It is a rubber device that fits over your sick faucet to turn it into a drinking fountain. You squeeze the bottom and water flow though the top. Badmoon

     

    I think (because I remember it being so cool at the time) it's Tapi, the personal squeeze-to-drink water fountain attachment for faucets. JC

     

    Winners above, see how to claim your MAD below the Cute, Silly, Could Be answers.