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Making WebLibs is much like creating art. You can't just throw a bunch of crap together and expect great results! Unless you're creating "modern WebLibs," but that's a totally different subject. Read below for further details. For WebLib purists, however, that won't cut it. You must reach deep within yourself and release a small part of your soul into my forms. There is a certain innate level of WebLib IQ that all people are born with, but few know how to tap into the full potential of it. Some of the greatest WebLibbers (Albert Einstein included) actually had very low WIQs, but they were able to reach some inner state allowing the full range of that WIQ. Dan Quayle has a WIQ of well over 250 (mainly because he's stupid in very funny ways), and yet he was unable to finish "A Day in the Park" due to emotional turmoil. So what is the secret to great WebLibbing? Well, here's a list I compiled while I was having an out-of-body experience:

  • Think of uncommon words. While simple words will often work, unnecessarily complex words MIXED with simple words will usually produce a more interesting result.
  • Go for a theme. Look at your first word, and try to make all of your words make sense based on that word. Or choose a theme before typing anything in. You'll never get the result you might expect, and I think that's the key to humor.
  • Use adjectives. Preceding nouns and noun-like words, you can often use adjectives even though they're not asked for. For example, "hairy yak" is still an animal, but a funnier animal than "yak." Similarly, "hairy Dan Quayle" is funnier than just saying "Dan Quayle" for a person.
  • Try synonyms. Sometimes, using the same word again and again is funny. But not usually. However, using similar-meaning words for words of the same type is often quite funny. "hairy yak" followed by "hairy ox" followed by "hairy castrated bull" followed by "hairy bovine" could be funny. Then again, it could be terribly stupid, but that's just a risk you have to take.
  • Don't censor yourself. If you put up a stupid word and then erase it, you may be losing out on the funniest story of your whole life. And if the word really IS stupid, and it ruins the story, and you run home crying to your mommy because of it, then you shouldn't be engaging in such emotionally difficult activities as WebLibs.