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    Tuesday
    Nov012016

    Here's the new Nov/Dec 2016 "What The Heck Is It?" Game. And the Winners of the Sept/Oct 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 February 2016 "20 Dumbest Of The Year" issue of MAD! It's always the biggest seller of the year.

    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 (EST) December 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 Janaury 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!

    Tuesday
    Nov012016

    And the winners of the Sept/Oct WTHII game with the actual answer are... 

    Seems we have a lot of DIY members in our audience. Quite a few people knew the real-answer to the Sept-Oct 'What The Heck Is It?' game. One winner even provided a link to the gadget. Here are first set of winners. There were ten with right answer: 

    This strange looking contraption is the Alden 9220P Ease-out Broken Light Bulb Remover!

     

    https://www.amazon.com/Alden-9220P-Ease-out-Broken-Remover/dp/B003NSBVNQ

     

    Thanks, aKaJoE


    Alden 9220P Ease-out Broken Light Bulb Remover, it comes in a two piece set. Christopher E. Carlson

     

    I believe that the big yellow thingy with bumps on it is a“Ease-out Broken Light Bulb Remover.” The Rocket Ranger

     

    The device is used to remove broken lights from the fixtures. Sharkey

    It's a light bulb remover (if the bulb breaks) Dan Kudo

     

    it is a broken bulb remover' from repper9

     

    The object is a broken light bulb remover. A potato cut in half does the same job cheaper. Bruce B. Mittelman

     

    broken bulb remover Ron Pearson

     

    It’s a tool to remove broken light bulbs from a socket! Mike Hutchinson

     

    It is a broken light bulb base remover thingy...Chase Barber

     

    We also got a couple of dozen answer saying this device was used to replace bulbs. Actually, you use can't this use device to hold and screw in a bulb. It can only remove the broken off base of a bulb. But since SO MANY people sent in 'bulb changer', we picked two at random as winners:

     

    A light bulb changer for hard to reach places. I have a similar one that attaches to an extension pole to reach 12’ ceilings. It works pretty well. Jim Martin

     

    So it might be a gadget that connects to a pole that allows you to reach high light bulbs and change them without a ladder. Sid Cohen

    Tuesday
    Nov012016

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

    We could narrow it down to 24, so we picked 27 winners. These entries and the ones above are all winners of December 2016 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!) 

    This is a paint brush holder. The brush is inserted into the bottom, flip it over and the plastic disc keeps your hand clean. D. Elliott

     

    It's an ice cream cone holder that prevents drips on your hand. Dave Martel

     

    It's a Barbie hair straightener! -Jacob Grove

     

    This is a "re-corker" it allows you to put the cork back into a bottle of wine. Bryon J. Hammer

     

    Curling iron for Pikachu -eVonbart

     

    Light up screwdriver holder. Around Disc lights up. AR_red -

     

    Amazon delivery drone prototype. JamaicanZ

     

    A flare holder. John

     

    This is a manual nose hair trimmer with built in sneeze guard. Sir Robert Goshko

     

    Bag Crimper Hekanos

     

    A hair curler that you attach to an extension rod so you can curl hair at a distance.

    Brent Blankenship

     

    It's the newest tech prosthetic claw with safety shield for lobsters or crabs who've lost theirs.

    Hiroki

     

    That is the new duck call with built in saliva guard. Dennis Hickey

     

    Candle holder, the clear plastic part prevents candle wax from dripping onto your hand. Karl in Phoenix

     

    That looks like a tool that stretches an O-Ring to make installation easier Chris D


    Ice Cream Cone holder and it catches the melting ice-cream on the ring. Michael Gendron

     

    Prosthetic Duck Bill Metman

     

    Of course it is a Robotic Shuttlecock. Art

     

    It's a pacifier for those who "speak with forked tongue" Dave Folkner

     

    It’s the dollar store version of a Star Wars LightSaber! Edward Wunder

     

    Core remover for short pineapples. Clear disk keeps juice off hands. Scott Duink

     

    Doggie medicine adapter, pop BIG END in its mouth, spread the jaws, and drop pill down the center. Jim Clark

     

    It’s an antenna for Marvin the Martian to call home! Tom Hedeen

     

    It's baby's first lightsaber Tim

     

    This is an antique sausage stuffer! My grandma has one!  Cassio Fonte

     

    The Peace Corps distributes thousands of these in third world countries for harvesting carrots. Marty

     

    Nose-mounted portable sneeze guard for when the permanent sneeze guard is in the shop. John M. 

     

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

    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.