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    Tuesday
    Jan012019

    Here's the new Jan/Feb 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 April 2019 issue of MAD - issue #6 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) February 28th 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 March 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 35+ 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

    Tuesday
    Jan012019

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

    There were A LOTof correct answers. We picked six at random that included the word Champagne, since that's what it's sold as, a champagne bottle stopper. Yes Chad showed this on the Giz Wiz years ago, but I hoped people didn't recognize it from the bottom! And they're very inexpensive! Here's 5 for $10 on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2s6t6lT 

    Our 6 winners, picked from dozens at random:

     

    The gadget looks like one of my favorite gadgets that Chad had on the show a couple of years ago. It is a champagne bottle stopper. Brandon Hanke

     

    Looks like a champagne/sparkling wine/liquor bottle cap stopper saver/ sealer. Scotto

     

    A bubble keeperinerer for Champagne, clips over the neck of the bottle. Kayhe9 (not in US)

     

    It's a champagne stopper, to re-cork your bubbly between soirees. The hinged stopper latches onto the bottle below the annulus (that's what it's called). Ralph Osinski

     

    Definitely know it’s a champagne bottle stopper. SaxmanJoe

     

    It's a stopper for champagne bottles. You put the stopper on top and the two wings attach to the ring around neck. Kotsker

     

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

    Tuesday
    Jan012019

    Cute, Clever & 'Could be' Winners. 

    There were a lot of steering wheel answers, we picked two:

     

    Security steering wheel for passengers in a driverless car without a steering wheel. Curt

     

    A steering wheel for a spaceship. Jon Thompson

     

    Other winning answers:

     

    A dentist light Robert netfol Taylor

    Device to screw and unscrew different types of light bulbs. Skee826

     

    Photo of Docking Mechanism of the Soyuz Rocket just prior to docking with Apollo capsule. MerlinRider

     

    It's a VR Headset for a cyclops. Dave Martel

     

    Home Garden Dust Cropper attachment for Drones Jason Harris

     

    A “one-at-a-time” grape press for the person who has a lot of time to kill. Carole Marciano

     

    A prototype for a fighter for the original "Star Wars" movie. (That's why the photo is in b&w.) Diana in Yankee Land

     

    Ejection Seat button … to get rid of that annoying passenger in your car!!! Richard Hayashi

     

    It is a condom applicator for soda bottles. Gotta promote safe caffination. -Chad Masters

     

    It's a baby pacifier that clamps on the baby's cheeks, so it doesn't fall out. Keith Phillip


    WINNERS (Who live in the U.S.) get the February 2019 issue of MAD. It's MAD issue #5, the 20 Dumbest Things of 2018. The "Dumbest Issue" each year is our best selling issue. This is the 5th issue produced by the new 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 game and sending out MAD magazines to winner since so many people say they love playing the game. As announced late last year winners of MAD magazine are now 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 35+ year old Alfred E. Neuman pictures, instead of Febriary 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 have been 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    

    Thursday
    Nov012018

    New Jan-Feb 2019 WTHII Game will be up late New Year's Day. November/December 2018 'What The Heck Is It?' Game Is Over & Winners will announced soon too.

    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 February 2019 issue of MAD! It's the "MAD 20 Dumbest Things of 2018" - issue #5 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) December 31st 2018. By entering you agree this is a game for fun and laughs. Winning answers are published on this website the 1st or 2nd of January 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 35+ 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

    Thursday
    Nov012018

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

    It turned out this WTHII picture was easier to guess than I thought. Almost two dozen people knew it. We picked six at random. 

    I have one of these. It is a clicker. You press the black space and it makes a clicking noise. Mike Toth.

     

    This is a "clicker" used as a bridging stimulus for animal training. -Chris Durkin

     

    Cricket noise makers. When you press the black piece of metal it makes a crick sounds and cricks again when you release the metal... Jay

     

    Clicker Trainer for Raptors, as used in Jurassic World. Eric Verhagen

     

    It’s a dog training clicker. Hilderbeard

     

    The current gadget is A Pet Training Clicker. ~Craig Spurlock

     

    Winners above, see how to claim your MAD below.