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    Monday
    Dec182017

    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

    https://www.homedepot.com/s/cable+cuff?NCNI-5

     

    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 at:gizwizbiz@aol.com

     

    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.)

    Wednesday
    Nov012017

    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: gizwizbiz@aol.com

    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.

    Wednesday
    Nov012017

    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:

    http://amzn.to/2gQcOb7

    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.

    Wednesday
    Nov012017

    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: gizwizbiz@aol.com      

    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. 

    Friday
    Sep012017

    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 gizwizbiz@aol.com 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: http://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! -- 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.