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    Tuesday
    Mar012016

    Here's the new Mar/Apr 2016 "What The Heck Is It?" Game. And the Winners of the Jan/Feb 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.) 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 June 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) April 30th 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 May 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: 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
    Mar012016

    Here are the winners of the Jan/Feb 2015 "What The Heck Is It?" Game with the correct answer!

    There were dozens of correct answers in the Jan/Feb WTHII game. Who knew that the day after the game started Home Depot would put the Twist-and-Seal Cord Connector on sale and picture it in so many ads! It comes in green for gardens and orange for work tools. We picked a dozen correct answers at random: 

    It looks like an extension cord cover/lock. Larry Bailey

     

    I think it keeps two ends of an extension cord together. Vince

     

    An extension cord connection cover. David Ainsworth

     

    Looks suspiciously like an outdoor extension cord coupler. Particularly since I've found the exact same one available for sale on the Home Depot website. Brian Kofford

     

    You put it over the ends of two electrical cords to keep them from coming unplugged from each other. TerryA

     

    It is a plug connector to keep electrical plugs together. Putterhead

     

    Used to seal a connection between two plugs, such as an extention cord, to be used outside so that they will not get wet. I've used these & they work very well. Steve Miller

     

    The device looks like electric cord connector cover. Keeps connectors together and maybe water/dirt resistant. Bill Hall

     

    t looks like a box that you put around the connection point of two extension cords when you use them for holiday lighting. Curt Eskridge

     

    I'm pretty sure its a cord coupler. Made to keep two cords from unplugging. Thom

     

    it is a weather resistant enclosure to connect an electrical cord to an extension. Russ

     

    I use these to keep my outdoor extension plugs connected, as well as keeping them somewhat weather proofed. David Kisiel

     

    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.

    Tuesday
    Mar012016

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

    We got this clever answer quite a few times, we picked one at random:

    Its from The Beatles concept album: "We all live in in an Orange Submarine..." Rblake

     

    Lot of submarines for animals answers, we picked one:

     

    It is a submarine for Stuart Little - Bryon J. Hammer

     

    Lots of suppository answers, we picked one at random:

     

    It’s a “Transport Case” for an elephant suppository. Jack Miller

     

    All kinds of answers involving a football, we picked a couple at random:

     

    Tom Brady's personal football deflator/reinflator designed to quickly get the ball to his desired level of pressure and then back to normal again to avoid future detection. Joel Lillo

     

    It's a waterproof travel case for a nerf football. Cal Alta

     

    Lot of 'bomb' answers, we picked one at random:

     

    This one is a pink thermonuclear device, for a female supervillain. On the side not shown, a digital readout that shows how long before the device explodes. --MC

     

    And the other winners:

     

    A travel case for funnels. Paul

     

    It’s the new and improved KEY BUOY! Jslo

     

    "High speed, low drag bagel/donut carrier", for those mornings that you're running late. T.Youmans

     

    Iifeboat for Captain Phillips' gerbil. GScott

     

    It is a submersible traffic cone used for diverting submarine traffic during underwater construction work. aKaJoE

     

    It is a floatation device as used famously in the 90’s TV show BayWatch. Con from Australia

     

    It is a case for a double ended pencil. Linda Morgan

     

    TSA-approved rolling pin carry-on. -Kevin H.

     

    A Submarine Sandwich keeper. It keeps the sub from drying out. Michael Gendron

     

    It's a safety crayon. Emily Cooper

     

    It's a giant pill capsule that allows you to take all your daily medicine at once. ginger_snap

     

    Water proof container that carried Gilligan’s S.O.S message. Jason Harris

     

    Take the end covers off and it's an old fashioned shoe polisher. Dave Martel

     

    A crayola original mold for kids who want to write from both ends. Discarded cuz too big & too costly for that much wax Tomchopper

     

    It's a strap-on pet rocket with forward and reverse. Rudy

     

    It is an unbreakable pinata, to be used at birthday parties on April Fools Day. Blintze

     

    A musical instrument similar to an ocarina. Daniel Mottola

     

    an armored lithium battery carrier, now required if you want to take your smart phone with you on an airplane. Marty

     

    It's a traffic cone carrying case! Jacob

     

    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 Mar/Apr 2016 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. DickDe

    Friday
    Jan012016

    This was the Jan/Feb 2016 "What The Heck Is It?" Game. And the Winners of the Nov/Dec 2015 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.) 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 April 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) February 29th 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 March 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: 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!

    Friday
    Jan012016

    Here are the winners of the Nov/Dec 2015 "What The Heck Is It?" Game!

    The 'What The Heck Is It?' gadget was the Stalwart Universal Utility Tool Holder. It's at Walmart for about $8. Six people came close enough to be winners.

    It is a broom rack. Stew Shapiro

    It attaches to the wall and holds brooms and tools with handles armchairchef

     

    I think it's something like a rack that you fix onto a wall or door and which you can use to hold your mops and brooms and anything with a long handle. Jonathan

     

    Mop holder. Sue Warrick

     

    It looks like this is the "Sto-Away Universal Utility Tool Holder". I know this because it was on a daily deals site today! Jason Head

     

    It's an adjustable, sliding hanging/storage thingy. Beckee

     

    If you've won, you'll get an autographed copy of the Feb 2016 issue of MAD. Just follow the directions below the other winners to claim your prize!