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    Thursday
    Mar012018

    Here's the new March/April "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 (hopefully) for the May/Junel 2018 issue of MAD! It's the FINAL issue produced by the NY "Usual Gang of Idiots". The NEW MAD produced in LA starts with next issue. (Yes, I'll still be 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@aol.com by midnight (EDT) April 30th 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 May 2018, so come back to see if you won. Because I'll be paying the $2.79 postage per issue, we're only mailing winning copies to the United States only.

    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 can have their names included as a "shout-out" on an upcoming Giz Wiz Show as their prize. Or a photo or poster 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.

    Thursday
    Mar012018

    The winners of the Jan/Feb 2018 'What The Heck Is It?' Game!

    It turns out more people guessesd the WTHII gadget than we expected. About 30 people got it right. We picked 6 at random. It is indeed a clip-on drink holder. You can find a lot of different versions of the drink holder on Amazon, some as low as 4 for $10. But read the reviews carefully. Most of them got really awful reviews. 

    Here are the six 'luck of the draw' winners:

     

    That is a clip on cup holder! Stan Cook

     

    This is a Clip Cup Holder for home or office desk or table. RETROARTIST

     

    Looks like a clip on cup holder to me. Mississauga Cliff

     

    It;s a portable cup holder Randy

     

    It’s a desk clamp to hold your drinks. G.A. Jones

    It is a clip on drink holder. Ron Grant

     

    These six plus the 12 below are winners. See how to claim your prize below the 'real, fake, funny' winners.

    Thursday
    Mar012018

    Winning Clever, Cute and "Could-be" answers.  

    WINNERS ABOVE AND BELOW (WHO LIVE IN THE U.S.) WIN THE MARCH/APRIL MAD. That's the last issue produced by the NY "Usual Gang Of Idiots". MAD is now produced in LA, but I'll still be writing for them from my Gizneyland studio in NYC.

    It's a flag pole holder. David Eckard

    I use it to open Beer bottles, or pop the lid on Beer cans, and champagne bottles. James Kappel

     

    Is it a jar opener? Bob A

     

    Crescent moon Play-Doh stencil. springroll

     

    It’s a plastic Cigar Trimmer — PizzaGew, Lake Nacimiento, CA

     

    Snap Tool For Boat Snaps. Snap or unsnap your boat canvas James Kappel

     

    A handle for carrying 1 stick of celery. Just slide a stick into the crescent shaped hole. Mike Shulman

     

    Toothpaste holder that you screw on the wall, that holds the toothpaste with the cap downwards. Keith Phillip

     

    When I was in college, we hung a tie or sock on the door handle to alert a roommate we had a "guest". This is the professional version. Alan G

     

    It is a template to cut out the traditional window into an outhouse door. OMGMom

     

    Its a solar eclipse viewer for people who don't like waiting. Jenny

     

    It’s obviously designed to measure what state the moon is in … quarter moon, eights moon, or full moon. eternalozzie

     

    IF YOU WON, New rules! Things are different now that the MAD NY office closed for good on December 22nd, 2017. There's no more stock room where I can get MAD issues and no more mail room to send them out. So I have limited access to issues and I'll be paying the $2.79 1st class postage for each winner. (Media mail is about 17 cents cheaper, but takes forever, and with 1st class mail now I can track the envelopes.) As I announced months ago 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. I'll autograph your MAD with your first name & my name unless you specify Dick's name only. If I don't have enough March/April MAD's you'll get a 35+ year Alfred E. Neuman photo instead. Please put MAD WINNER in the subject line, so I can pick it out quickly. If you'd rather have one of those 35+ year old Alfred E. Neuman pictures instead of the March/April issue, 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 live anywhere outside of the US and you want, email me, put WINNER in the subject link & I'll autograph to you a copy of my "FIRST AID FOR THE CHOKING VICTIM IN THE DIGITAL AGE" - which is from the March/April issue. Then I'll 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.) Thanks! Dick De, The Giz Wiz & MAD's Maddest Writer. Email me your entries or info at: gizwizbiz@aol.com  

    Tuesday
    Jan022018

    Here's the new Jan/Feb 2018 What The Heck Is? 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 (hopefully) for the March/April 2018 issue of MAD! Why "hopefully"? MAD NYC closed December 2017. A new staff will be running MAD from Burbank California. So how to keep getting MAD issues to send out is being worked on. And I'll probably have to pay the postage myself. At the very least, you'll get some MAD collectible if you're a winner.

    It's the FINAL issue produced by the NY "Usual Gang of Idiots". The NEW MAD produced in LA starts with next issue. (Yes, I'll still be 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@aol.com by midnight (EDT) February 28th 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 March 2018, so come back to see if you won. Because it's looks like I'll be paying the $2.97 postage per issue, we're only mailing winning copies to the United States only. (Media mail is only 11 cents cheaper & takes forever.)

    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 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 a long list, so we need a name attached to it. Thanks for understanding.

    As I tweeted many times, last month's game ended December 17th & I needed to know the winners by December 21st. MAD NYC (and the mail room) closed noon December 22nd, 2017

    Monday
    Dec182017

    The Nov/Dec 17th 2017 'What The Heck Is It? Game Is Over!

    Only three people got the answer exactly correct! That orange device is The Glove Catcher.

    www.glovecatcher.com – a very similar gadget is here on Amazon:

     

    http://amzn.to/2kCBVj0

     

    The 3 winners with the right answer:

     

    Is it a glove holder that you can clip to your belt. You squeeze the top part to open the pinchers and grab the gloves and then you hook it on your belt. David Bice

     

    Belt mounted glove holder? Mike Ashby

     

    it is a Glove Belt Clip to clip your gloves to your belt. Dan G

     

    See below the “Clever, Cute, Could-be answers” on important info on claiming your prize! YOU MUST CLAIM YOUR PRIZE BY DECEMBER 21st, 2017 as MAD NY closes forever noon December 22nd!