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    Winners of the Sept/Oct 'WTHII game' with the correct answer.

    About half a dozen people had the right answer. It was, as our first correct answers indicated, the Dexas Micromitt. It's here on Amazon:

    It appears to be a silicone Dexas Micromitt. It could be used to

    catch HOT biscuits or Hush Puppies. Dave Folkner

    Looks like a Dexas Silicone Pinch Mitt. A oven mitt that protects your fingers when handling hot pots and pans. Brandon Hanke 

    Other correct answers:  

    Oven mitt? As seen on Amazon- Moses Torres

    I think this is a silicone pan grabber, like an oven mitt. Steve and Rainy Smyth

     And close enough: It's a hand pick up for hot corn on the cob. Areone43

    See how to claim your MAD magazine below "cute, clever" answers.


    Cute & Clever Answers! Winners above and below will receive November/December "Stranger Things" MAD - See note at bottom if you're playing the new game.

    There were about a dozen Hippopotamus answers. We picked two at random:

    Hippopotamus Wax Lips! - themob


    This is a denture holder for a hippopotamus. Skullman


    And lots of dentures answers: We picked a few:


    It's dentures for senior vampires. Lothar


    It is a set of dentures for people who like to eat walnuts shell and all Bryon J. Hammer


    It's a set of dentures for a piranha! David Tucci


    CLOWN DENTURES Jim Woodiwiss


    We got this about half a dozen times, we picked two at random:


    It is a cat licker, you put it in your mouth and lick your cat to remove hair. For those who like there cats way too much. Twood95


    It looks like a device used to brush a cat that one puts in their mouth. It's supposed to simulate licking the cat. Kenito Wills


    Other winning answers:


    It's an older cell phone stand. vinmatpap


    it's a torture beanbag chair/lounger! Beckee


    its a soap holder Karl in Phoenix


    It is used by Swiss monks, the Pieds qui Puent, to make holes in their favorite cheese. Marc


    It’s a bed of nails from the Twizzlers company. (Painfully delicious!) Jonathan Wander


    Used to ship very fragile items. Holds item in place so as not to jostle around. — PizzaGew


    Device to "pre-chew" your food to prevent you from getting food stuck in your teeth. With this device you can just swallow and not get your pearly whites dirty! Patrick Gormley


    tracyhendershot It's a cord gripper for a window shade.


    "Foot massage chair for Lego person." Diana in Yankee Land


    I'm going to guess a spaghetti comb. I know mine is always a tangled mess when I remove it from the pot. charlotte smith


    Tongue scraper for the Sea World Shamu Dental hygiene experience. Jason Harris


    This is an inflatable chair for people who sleep on nail beds Jack Korber


    Obviously this is a 3d printed tongue massager/cleaner. Nelsoncomputer


    It is a hair brush for Raggedy Ann's red yarn hair. Garyinjax


    The worst bleacher seat EVER!!! Rob Hobbis


    tomhank: They are the answer to how to dehair your shucked corn.... It is a corn dehairer!!! :-)


    It looks like the thing I put on my fingers to keep them from getting cut while I am slicing vegetables. Doug "No Fingertips" Johnson


    John Hattan - That is a pancake-to-waffle converter. To reverse the process, attach your waffle to a bicycle pump.


    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:      

    IMPORTANT! MAD MAGAZINE is moving to Burbank, California at the end of the year, so read everything below carefully for big changes to the "What The Heck Is It?" game starting 2018!! Even though MAD will have a whole new staff in California, I'll still be writing for them from my Gizneyland studio here in NYC. (Fortunately, Bill Morrison, the new editor, said they want to keep my streak of being in every issue of MAD for 51 years alive!) But I will no longer have access to copies of MAD to send out, and I will no longer have a mail room to send winners their copies. Since people say they like playing the WTHII game I'll continue it. For several months the prizes will be fun MAD stuff I had in my office when I packed it up. Things like a page of MAD stamps that were bound in MAD Specials like 30+ years ago, or a sheet of old MAD stationery. I'll be doing all the shipping myself so they'll be 6 winners for folks with the right answer and 12 winners for people with silly, cute, dumb answers starting with the Jan/Feb 2018 game. Unfortunately prizes will be for US only.  If you play the November/December 2017 WTHII game be aware it runs all of November and ends midnight December 17th EDT. Hopefully I'll be able to send out the normal number of Jan/Feb MAD magazines - up to 36 winners. But you must check to see if you're a winner right after I post them on December 18th! MAD NYC will close on December 22nd because of the holidays and I won't have MADs to send out after that date or a mail room to send them from, so I must hear from you if you're a winner by December 21st. (I'll Tweet a reminder, so follow me on Twitter @thegizwiz.) And be sure to sign your entry with a name, initials, something - or it won't be counted. Every month about two dozen people don't sign their entries, so please sign yours! Thanks, DickDe, The Giz Wiz and MAD's Maddest Writer. 


    Here's the new Sept/Oct 2017 "What The Heck Is It?" Game. And the Winners of the July/August 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 Nov/Dec 2017 issue of MAD!

    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 by midnight (EDT) October 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 November 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.

    Follow me on Twitter: 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.


    Winners of the July/August 'WTHII game' with the correct answer.

    A lot more people than I expected knew the correct answer to this month's WTHII. It is indeed the Flashing LED Mouthpiece.

    Great for Halloween coming up shortly. And they're very cheap, about $20 for 2 dozen of them. Yes, I bought two dozen to give away at the 2017 meet-up! (Click Dick's Log & Blog on the right & down to read about our 7th annual meet-up in NYC.)

    They're here on Amazon & they're Amazon Prime:

    About three dozen people had the right answer, so we picked a dozen at random. And here they are:

    It is an LED that is worn like a denture and flashes inside your mouth. I've seen people in clubs wearing them.... Dave Ward


    "Flashing LED Mouth Guard". It makes your mouth flash different colors. John Hattan.


    Looks like a LED flashing mouthpiece. Keep up the LED gadgets, everybody

    loves LED Bill Hall


    It's a party in your mouth, a.k.a. an oral light show, perhaps a tooth disco. Kyle


    It's an LED you put in your mouth, and I hope Dick demonstrates -AngelRose


    My guess is a led mouth piece, Mathew Bradfield


    It's a light up mouth guard. Thank you for making me feel old and remember my old raving days in clubs. Amanda


    I took my daughter to Main Event and low and behold there on a hook was flashing mouth. That is what the heck it is. Todd Glovka


    I actually know what this is because I found one in my back yard after Halloween night. You put it in you mouth sort of like a upper denture and it flashes. Rich Bagood


    My guess is that it is an LED mouth piece. Michael Gendron


    It's a Flashing Mouthpiece to make one's teeth & lips glow at the disco! Great fun at parties.

    R. Osinski


    It looks like a LED Flashing Mouth Light Scott Nelson



    Winners above and below will receive September/October 2017 MAD.

    Silly, Clever, Could-be Answers:

    It is a mouth guard form people who grind their teeth while they sleep. Bryon J. Hammer


    Sports mouth protector complete with holes to run helmet's chin strap slots through. Dan Steinbrocker


    Turn the pic on its side and you have a glow in the dark hermit crab! Beckee


    I say it's a hair clip from the Starship Enterprise: USS GizWiz - Mark Horton


    It is the newest star wars fighter, The Jellyfish Wing. (A stealth fighter) Jim Woodiwiss


    It's a mustache curler/ straightener!! Comes in handy, don't it? Avengertom!


    One of those new LED boat cleats for tying up your boat in the dark. Widely used in Japan, but new to the USA. Tom Babich


    It's a headphone cable organizer thingy. -Vesa


    Hula Hoop tuner – insert hoop and wait for optimization. Scott Williams


    Obviously it is an upper denture for Plastic Man or was it Plastic Sam from Mad #14. Dave Folkner


    This device sits inside your cookie jar. Any unauthorized cookie-nappers will be greeted with an alarm and optional squirt of the liquid of your choice. Dan Wakerhauser


    This is a retainer for someone with really bad teeth!!! Skullman


    This is the small recording device that the Russian Kaveladze put under Trump jrs desk when the mysterious 8 met in 2016. Glen w


    LED Banshee Jumping Spider...just press the suction cup to any smooth surface and seconds later your spider will light up and jump across the room. Hours of fun! graycat98


    Electronic mustache cleaner/shaper/presser. Diana in Yankee Land


    It is clearly an athletic mouth guard for horses to wear during full contact polo matches. Tyler Kiefer


    "Blinkers for your face" night running safety item: bite the side you want to turn next, cars will get out of your way. Eric


    My answer is "a hat stand for the flying nun" Simon


    It's clearly a set of dentures with handles on the side to assist with biting through tough food items or opening beer cans with your teeth Craig


    It's a B.S. detector if your spouse tells an untruth they get lit up like a Christmas tree!

    Shayne dudley


    It's the new Google Mouthpiece. You'll literally have all the answers on the tip of your tongue.



    It's a headlight that snaps on to the front of your shopping cart. Dave Martel


    It is the light inside a kids shoe Mark


    You put your fingers in the slot, and it lights up if you’re still alive! Nick T.


    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     

    Don't forget to go back to the top of this page to play the November/December 2017 WTHII game. And be sure to sign your entry with a name, initials, something - or it won't be counted. About two dozen people didn't sign their entries in this last game, so please do!