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    Saturday
    Jul012017

    Here's the new Juy/Aug 2017 "What The Heck Is It?" Game. And the Winners of the May/June 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 October 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) August 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 September 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! -- 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.

    Saturday
    Jul012017

    Winners of the May/June 'WTHII game' with the correct answer.

    50 or 60 people knew the right answer. Seems a lot of people used Google picture search to get the answer. (They told me so.) We picked a dozen out of the 50 or 60 right answers at random. It's sold as a device to prevent tubs from overflowing and it's also said to alert you if the water is too hot. I bought one because I thought it would make a good 'WTHII?" gadget, but never tried it. At least one person has one and says it works.

    Winners picked at random from the dozens of right answers:

    MAGIPLUG - Best used for dementia - rocksolidsushi

    (GIZ WIZ: - Yes, that's what it says in the description of this gadget on their sales page:) http://www.telecaretoday.com/Products?q=MAGIPLUG 

    This looks to be the Magiplug anti flood overflow stopper for sink and bath. Scott Williams 

    Magiplug. It keeps the tub from overflowing by using the pressure of the water to open a valve at a specific water level. It also changes color based on water temperature to prevent scalding. Brandon Hanke

     

    The device is MagiPlug used on tub or sink drain to detect water temperature and open on overfill. Bill Hall

     

    Magiplugs pressure release mechanism allows a bath or sink to be filled to a specific level and then if left unattended, releases excess water to prevent overflow. Gary Scroggins

     

    Although it looks like an air freshener, I am pretty sure it monitors the water level in a bath tub. Often used for dementia patients. George VII

     

    It's a bath and sink safety plug to help prevent scalding and flooding. Bruce D

     

    the answer is Magiplug....its a bath plug that is supposed to let water out on its own based on water level.....thank you Stumbleupon for sending me this the other day...Billy Buntin

     

    It's a Anti flood overflow device plug and stopper for sink and bath. Magiplug.com has a nice video on how it works looks neat. Gerry Dorion

     

    A person from Direction Home, Area Agency on Aging, had suggested this Magiplug to prevent bathtub over-flow, for my elderly aunt Zora - - it works! Massillon Tiger Fan

     

    The gadget is a plug for sink or bathtub that will open up the drain and release water to prevent overflow and prevent flooding. JAFO

     

    This is a sensor so your bathtub does not over flow. --Nicholas Poverman 

     

    Prices are all over the place, as high as $40 some places. It was $16.00 or so here, with $8 shipping on Amazon as of 7/1/17: http://amzn.to/2tvWDrx

     

    See bottom of next panel down on how to claim your MAD magazine. 

     

    Saturday
    Jul012017

    All winners above and below who live in US & Canada get July/August 2017 MAD

    Our cute, silly answers most given by far included something about an AirWick type device, and even more people said 'fidget spinner' of some kind. We picked a few of each - and more than 24 winners because some answers were so weird we loved them: 

    Prototype for the new fidget spinner sticky. Its super sticky adhesive pads will grip your fingers preventing you from dropping it. Andy

    The original "less popular" fidget spinner known as the "just dicking around to annoy old people spinner." Brian Dunaway

     

    A fidget spinner with a safety shield. Richard Evans

     

    That looks like a plug in or car vent air freshener. Karl in Phoenix

     

    This is one of those Air Wick Stick Ups. You put them in your car to make it smell good. Bryon J. Hammer

     

    Other Cute, Clever, Original Answers:

     

    Mr. Potato Head meets Picasso. - Nancy S.

     

    A well camouflaged stick-up camera to spy on your dogs, & make sure they aren't ordering dog toys while you are out. Carollynn

     

    For the Southern Hemisphere this fixes the direction water rotates when draining down the sink/toilet/bathtub. Matt Lee

     

    Pretty sure this is ugly enough to be a Star Trek: The Next Generation frisbee. Brandon Jones

     

    It's the new "Square Space" logo. They softened the corners a bit and decided to give it a "Space" ship look. Robert Ketter

     

    Sink and bathtub drain "De-Vortexer." It prevents that annoying Coriolis effect induced sucking sound when draining. John​ Arndt

     

    It’s a mind altering Hip-no-Disk. Signed Kentastic

     

    Sport wheels for Stuart Little's car. Henry

     

    It's a holder for your ninja throwing stars. Ian Winkler

     

    Is it a cookie press/stamp? Cliff from Mississauga

     

    Rare piece in a Peruvian museum of a 2,500 year old stone carving by Outcas (cousins of Incas) showing their sacred bananas around sun god. Tomchopper

     

    A FANCY COOKIE. THA JAN MAN

     

    A night light or smoke detector – ~Sean

     

    The latest Amazon Echo. It spins while working on your question to give you that familiar ‘wait – I’m doing something’ we’re all used to watching. Scott

     

    It is a cookie press template for Figit Spinner cookies that use a cherry as a bearing. Curt Eskridge

     

    A tray for service wedges of apples or oranges. Lee Werling

     

    I have two at home for the twins. It is a child safe, personal, portable fan. There is Velcro on the back and they attach inside the stroller cover. Tom Babich

     

    New 2018 NHL LED Hockey Puck. Used next season for night games and power failures! G.A. Jones

     

    The decorative cover on a jar of lip gloss. R. Osinski

     

    A hypnotism device for those who are tired of swinging shiny things! Stick it to your forehead and hypnotize anyone easily. (Stick it to a mirror to hypnotize yourself!) Paul Koerber


    It's a paper shredder in case you accidentally buy a copy of MAD - B.R.D

     

    It's a dual purpose mold for making either 5 smiles or 5 frowns. Dave Martel

     

    Prior to the animated file loading wheel, people used to spin these on the desk while waiting for files to load. -Roger Price

     

    Worlds worst ninja throwing star. Sean McCaffrey

     

    Machine that you can use to taste different lip balms. So you put the little round bit in your mouth and twist the machine and you can easily taste different lip balms all at once! Markus

     

    It is the only drone air freshener. KR 

     

    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 July/August 2017 WTHII game. And be sure to sign your entry with a name, initials, something - or it won't be counted.

    Monday
    May012017

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

    THIS GAME HAS ENDED!                      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