Origins: No, popular entertainer Dave Matthews (of the Dave Matthews Band) is not dead, nor are the Olsen twins or Britney Spears enrolling at Tufts, Purdue, Carnegie Mellon, or any other university.
The web site at IP address 18.104.22.168 is spo0fed.com, which hosts a number of spoofed CNN pages about such made-up topics as Britney Spears enrolling at Tufts, the Olsen Twins attending Purdue University, Dave Matthews dying of a drug overdose, Trishelle Goodwin (of MTV's Real World Las Vegas) killing herself, etc. All the articles are poorly-written, with numerous spelling and grammatical mistakes that clearly mark them as nothing ever issued by the real CNN. (The site's availability is spotty now that it's been "discovered," and most visitors now see only error messages instead of content.)
Many web surfers have been confused by these spoofs because they're led to the site by URLs such as the following:
This link looks like its pointing to a section of World News articles at CNN.com, but everything preceding an '@' character in a URL is generally ignored, so this link actually redirects the user to pages hosted on the site at the IP address22.214.171.124.
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