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    Monday
    May012017

    Here's the new May/June 2017 "What The Heck Is It?" Game. And the Winners of the March/April 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 August 2017 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) June 30, 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 July 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, 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!

    Monday
    May012017

    Winners, er, make that "the one winner" of the March/April WTHII is...

    Finally, I found a gadget not everyone knew. The past 3 WTHII games brought dozens of right answers. But this month, just one person knew what it really was! Here's that one winning answer:

    This is a pencil sharpener....really..it sharpens pencils when used correctly. Rpaul

     

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    Good job, Rpaul! Yes, it's a ZenZoi Manual 1 hole pencil sharpener. I couldn't show the front of it, because it has the name printed on it, and besides it looked more mysterious from the back.

     

    I bought them on Amazon here, but right now they show "Currently Unavailable" as of May 1, 2017. They were sold in a box of 3 for $19.99.

     

    http://amzn.to/2pNhjcX

    Monday
    May012017

    Cute, clever, silly answers - winners too.

    All winners above and below who live in US & Canada get June, 2017 MAD 

    Our cute, silly answers most given by far included something about the Mercedes' logo. More than a third of the answer fell into that category, so we picked 4 of them:

    Since it has a Mercedes logo, it must be a space capsule from their Interstellar Transport Division. Patrick McAuley

     

    Must be the new three way hair trimmer from Mercedes Benz. -Brian Dohn

     

    It seems to be a Mercedes Underpants Warmer. -David Tucci

     

    Its an exclusive safety helmet that you receive when you buy a Mercedes. Jpiper

     

    Other cute, clever answers:

     

    It's the prototype for Rocky's head in upcoming movie "Moosylvania Goes Bionic". Mark Myers (Mark is obviously a Bullwinkle fan, like a lot of us.)

     

    It was a cyberball until Rocko- the Cyber Pit Bull- chomped on it. Curt Eskridge

     

    "upside-down chastity belt for C-3PO". Bec

     

    a pair of robot underpants. -Andrew Lenahan

     

    It is one of those speaker phones that sit in the middle of a conference table at a business. Bryon J. Hammer

     

    It is an electron cup holder for baseball/hockey players. It lights ups and beats when it is hit by a hockey puck or baseball Mike

     

    Homer Simpsons new 'self containing' underwear - Alan

     

    golf ball, baseball & tennis ball washer brush. Steve Taylor

     

    Bicycle Seat - Stephen A Hatmaker

     

    It is a device to message your bowling fingers during long tournaments. Jim Woodiwiss

     

    It's a mouse three people can use at once! ~PrincessWilly

     

    Bicycle flashing safety light ,flashes on both sides and down. Ninjajoe

     

    tricorn hat MP3 player. It has stereo speakers and a sub-woofer in the back. Gilbert Jagot

     

    It’s the Rare and Uncomfortable, Plastic Speedo! — PizzaGew

     

    futuristic body armor Ben from omaha Nebrasla

     

    TRICHEESE – the 3 input cheese grater (fine, med, coarse). Make America Grate Again! Scott Williams

     

    It is an electric razor that shaves the hair off the inside of a three toed sloths fingers. George VII

     

    It is very clear that this is a gas cap for the new Tesla! Tmann

     

    Desk fan with two outlets and a bottom inlet. Power cord is hidden in back - or runs on battery. moe

     

    Three directional heater area solar powered and shoots three different direction. Mark

     

    Flashing light for roadside emergencies or impromptu roadside dance parties. -- John Hattan

     

    Rubik initially wanted to market this puzzle, but research showed the mechanism to be simple, but unsolvable. Marty

     

    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     

    Don't forget to go back to the top of this page to play the May/June 2017 WTHII game. And be sure to sign your entry with a name, initials, something - or it won't be counted.

    Wednesday
    Mar012017

    Here's the new March/April 2017 "What The Heck Is It?" Game. And the Winners of the Jan/Feb 2017 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 June 2017 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) April 30, 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 May 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, 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!

    Wednesday
    Mar012017

    Winners of the Jan/Feb 'WTHII game' with the correct answer.

    The Jan/Feb “What The Heck Is It?” gadget turned out to be easily known by about 75% of the people who played. More than 100 people knew instantly it was a Magnetizer / Demagnetizer. So in keeping with the rules, we picked 12 winners at random, and here they are: 

    That is a device that de-magnetizes screwdrivers Bryon J. Hammer

     

    That is a Screwdriver magnetizer / demagnetizer! Craig Mullaney!!

     

    It is a Magnetizer and Demagnetizer. Used to magnetize or demagnetize tools. Stace King

     

    Magnetizer / demagnetizer for screwdrivers - Jim Donaldson

     

    Magnetizer/Demagnetizer for making your tools magnetic or removing the magnetism. Rob Jones

     

    this is to magnetise and demagnetise your screw drivers. adi spivak - israel

     

    It is a Magnetizer/Demagnetizer. One hole is for magnetizing the other for Demagnetizing. Mary Fugleberg

     

    It is a screwdriver magnetizer/demagnetizer. So that you can use any screwdriver to hold screws to start them. Brandon Hanke

     

    This square device is a Magnetizer / Demagnetizer. Good to use with files and screwdrivers (with or without orange juice). Massillon Tiger Fan

     

    It’s a magnetizer/demagnetizer for tools and other small objects. I have used one for screwdrivers. Tom

     

    It's a magnetizer / demagnetizer usually used with tools like magnetizing a screw driver to hold a screw. Signed: teg1947

     

    Magnetizer/ Demagnetizer. I use one for working on RC helicopters. Without it, you will drop and lose screws. Jason Princeton, IL

     

    These devices are available in lots of colors, some under $5 on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2mbMuMJ

     

    The winners above and the ones below living in the US or Canada will get April MAD. See below on how to claim your prize.