it worked for me doing this:
in reply to Re^3: WWW::Mechanize can't GET; no helpful error message comes back
in thread WWW::Mechanize can't GET; no helpful error message comes back
I don't think it is necessary to put the 'or die "Can't create mech" part?
Also,I have a brief tutorial that I have requested for comment using WWW::Mechanize that is in the meditations section
my $mech = WWW::Mechanize->new();
my $content = $mech->content;