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    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 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: 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


    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. – a very similar gadget is here on Amazon:



    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! 


    Winning Clever, Cute and "Could-be" answers

    We got a LOT of other 'belt clip' answers --- we picked a few of them ---

    A belt hook for a key ring. Daniel Bell


    A belt clip for your sunglasses. — Pizzagew


    A belt clip to carry a grocery bag , cord, etc. Antoine Michel


    Another most given answer was some sort of cable grip. We picked a few. Steve even sent in some examples:


    Looks like a cable cuff. Here is a link to it on Home Depot’s site. Steve Miller


    Looks like a stick down cable clamp to keep wires nice and tidy. Dave Schmarder


    Cable organizer. Rich Ritter


    Other winning answers:


    It is a device that assists with carrying multiple grocery bags from the car into the house. Bryon J. Hammer


    A vegetable gripper for safe slicing Shayne.D.


    This is an aerial view of a giant attack weapon that would fling a barrel at a fort or castle Tomchopper


    FINALLY!!!! A better mousetrap. Skullman


    Backrest for people who like to slouch (clips on to back of chair). Diana in Yankee Land


    New age reminder clamped on your finger instead of tying a piece of string on finger. Budd E Squirrel


    Orange Peeler. -Jason Harris


    It’s an adjustable hot dog/sausage/bratwurst holder with a belt clip so you’ll always have them handy. Steve Swan


    If you've lost your marbles you can use this tweezer like device to pick them back up. Chris D


    Load it, ant steps on, and flies out the window. Reload. Ant problem solved. Thierry Daigneault


    It's the prototype, wire frame model of the original Tron light bike. Lothar


    It’s an orange Tet Holder for milking cows so you don’t contaminate the milk! Jon Paul


    New from Ronco! The Tooth Fairy approved Loose Tooth Remover! S. Johnson


    Clown Tweezers! “Gumby Hendrix”


    -- A Wine Pourer thing also like Wine Cork Grabber! Multi-Use. Mike Greco, Sr.

    It's a clip to hold the table cloth on a table when camping. Ron Mott


    It's a lip clamp. Perfect for those annoying relatives that get drunk and talk too much during Christmas dinner! Buddy Dunn


    It looks like an extra large tie clip for one of Trumps HUGE ties. Bruce Farley


    Phone holder that clips to a toilet paper roll. Gary Lund


    A holder for your reading glasses or sunglasses that you put on the brim of your baseball cap, so you have them handy. Keith Phillip.


    URGENT!!! YOU MUST CLAIM YOUR PRIZE BY MIDNIGHT, DECEMBER 21st. Yes, that's this week! That news has been online since this Nov-Dec 17th game started. The MAD NY office closes for good, Friday, December 22nd, 2017 at noon. So no more mail room, or stock room. Email me your full name & address - (US/Canada only - but the game has been that way since the start.) I'll autograph your MAD with your first name & my name unless you specify Dick's name only. If I don't have enough JAN/FEB MAD's you'll get a 35+ year Alfred E. Neuman photo instead. (The movers took all the new issues by mistake Thursday, but copies should be on their way back to me!) 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 Jan/Feb issue, put SEND ALFRED PIC in the subject line. Soon, they will be no more of those either. The remaining Alfred E pics have been shipped to LA MAD. Dick De, The Giz Wiz & MAD's Maddest Writer. Email me


    A NEW WTHII GAME WILL START EARLY 2018. (I'm not sure exactly what it will be, but people seem to enjoy playing it, so we'll come up with something fun.)


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

    IMPORTANT! MAD MAGAZINE is moving to Burbank, California at the end of the year, so read about this game carefully. This November/December 2017 WTHII game runs all of November and ends midnight Sunday December 17th EST!

    Hopefully I'll be able to send out the normal number of Jan/Feb MAD magazines - for up to 36 winners. But you must check to see if you're a winner right after I post the names 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 if you're a winner before December 22, 2017. (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!

    Send your guess to:

    There's the photo above! 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. IMPORTANT UPDATE. We are giving away up to three dozen autographed copies of MAD Magazine OR it may be one of a 35+ year old Alfred E. Neuman picture. (Up to 12 for the correct answer, up to 24 for cute, silly answers.) The reason for the change? MAD is moving to LA and before anyone was in the office arrived Thursday AM 12/14 the movers had packed up and shipped everything in the stockroom, including all the Jan/Feb 2018 MAD's and sent them off to a warehouse! I'm trying to get copies returned to me to send out! So your prize in the US or Canada only is either Jan/Feb MAD or the Alfred E. Neuman photo, whichever is available 12/18.) 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. IMPORTANT: People seem to like playing WTHII, so I'll keep the game going from Gizneyland. But new game rules & prizes start January 1, 2018. I'll post those details later on. For now, see below "cute, clever" answers for details.


    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.