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Kibology is a parody religion. It grew out of the Usenet newsgroup alt.religion.kibology named after Kibo, the central figure. Practitioners of Kibology are called Kibologists or (sometimes more disdainfully) Kibozos.
James "Kibo" Parry and his friends began Kibology about 1989 at the suggestion of Mark Jason Dominus. In its early Usenet days it was centered in the newsgroups talk.bizarre and alt.slack, until the creation of alt.religion.kibology in late 1991. The faux religion aspect faded in the mid-1990s, and the newsgroup became oriented to the sense of humor of Kibo and his "followers". The newsgroup also follows various internet "mad scientists" and "crackpots" with a mixture of mockery and appreciation for the unintended humor they produce. A similar Internet phenomenon exists surrounding the Church of the SubGenius. Some posters also "wackyparse," which is to say, they comment on misreadings with humorous effect.
In addition to "Leader Kibo," other Kibologists have developed cult followings of their own from their unusual and humorous writing. The most prominent of these include David Pacheco, Lisa Pea (Elisabeth Rea Higgins), Matt McIrvin, Stephen Will Tanner, Stefan Kapusniak, M Otis Beard, Joe Bay, Gardner S Trask III, Dag Ågren, and E Teflon Piano. In 2003, the group spawned a band, Interröbang Cartel, which by early late 2011 had written and recorded more than 80 songs with the assistance of their heavy metal umlaut.
- Baczewski, Philip (1994). Philip Baczewski, ed. Tricks of the Internet Gurus (1 ed.). Indianapolis: Sams Publishing. ISBN 978-0-672-30599-3. LCCN 94067090.
one Usenet group named for him, alt.religion.kibology, has at least 88,000 subscribers.
- Morten T. Højsgaard; Margit Warburg (2005). Religion and cyberspace. Routledge. pp. 55–56. ISBN 978-0-415-35767-8. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
- kibo.com — Kibo's website
- The alt.religion.kibology newsgroup via Google Groups
- Matt McIrvin's Kibology humorous articles and a brief history of alt.religion.kibology
- David DeLaney's random arkhive Another collection of posts from the newsgroup, saved for various reasons or none at all.
- The Wiblovian Institute of Kibology Home of the Kibological Gourmet, an archive of recipes posted to ARK over the years, as well as random bits of weirdness and bozosity.
- Alternative Interröbang Cartel web site
- Official Interröbang Cartel web site