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    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!


    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!  


    Everybody on this list and the list above is a winner and will receive Feb 2016 MAD.

    There were a lot of great answers this time round. So many that we're awarding a few extra autographed MAD magazines because we couldn't agree on which answers to eliminate.

    The number one given answer included something to do with carrying or holding “beer” --- probably 50+ answers mentioned that. We picked two.


    It is a re-usable six-pack holder. Bryon J. Hammer


    Obviously that is device to convert your old un-hip 80's track lighting into a new trendy overhead beer holder. -- John Hattan


    Others we liked:


    I do believe those are handcuffs for an unruly Hexapus. Yours literally, Laurie Applebee


    Soda bottle rail storage for refrigerator - Jason Harris


    "The 1/2 Dozen Egg Holder" made to reflect these costly times for eggs. Shane Shellenbarger


    It's an easy way to transport 6 cups of coffee at once. Davemartel


    It's a measurer for spaghetti. You can measure out 6 pounds of spaghetti at once. davemartel


    At least one fisherman's dream come true. Take all your favorite fishing rods (up to six) with you to your favorite fishin hole. JC


    These are 6 contact lens holders for Giant Squids. Paul Griesbaum


    Sliver dollar pancakes maker. Yum, now I am hurry. Dulie


    It's a do it yourself Olympic Rings set. Ian Winkler


    very clever way to shop with sextuplets at the grocery store without having the little buggers run amok. Melody Hensel


    It’s a golf ball cabby. Kentastic.


    I think it may be a cupholder that attaches to the railing of a boat. Chad Masters


    It is an ice cream waffle cone holder! Rozz


    It is a udder holder for milking cows with 6 teats! Jon Paul Frontino


    It's a jig for drilling holes in large bird houses! Thanks! Chris Doppler


    It's a Phoroptor used by fly optometrists. Really saves time between the "better now or now" questions. Al Smith


    The astronauts used this size gauge while gathering samples on the moon. Any rocks that wouldn't fit through the holes were too big to be transported back to earth. Marty


    My guess is an ice cream sugar cone holder. geekwannabe


    I'm pretty sure that's a set of octopus handcuffs, designed by someone who can't count very well. Soren Hedberg


    I think it is a device for hanging jars for storage. Michael Hodsdon


    Too obvious, It's a Chinese Finger trap for crowds. Lil


    We don't take sides in politics at the WTHII game, but this struck as funny:  

    A Donald Trump thought holder. Big and full of holes. SnoopDawnyDawn


    My mom had one of those, it's a banana dryer. Olin


    It's an eyeglass frame for a spider. Uncle Bobby


    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:


    Don't forget to go back to the top of this page to play the Jan/Feb 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

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