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Saturday, December 18, 2010

News Today of Amelia Earhart is a TRICK!!

Amelia Earhart's bones are being analyzed, and news outlets are abuzz!  This is just some of a ton of evidence we all we have already had for a long, long time.  Amelia Earhart's "mystery" is hardly a mystery at all. 

This has been covered before.  A lot. The titles and first paragraphs of articles involving this seem to trend toward the misleading, and may make people infer that these same remains were a recent discovery, over and over.

Misleading news titles abound.  ABC News's Article Title today: "Found Bones May Solve Ameila Earhart Mystery" Video Article on ABC News, only slightly better, due to an interview.

As if we have never found the site of her crash before?  HA!

Feeding the buzz of popularity, this mystery has been propagated for some time.

Dec 2, 1998, NPR's Article's title, "Bones, Shoes May Have Been Amelia Earhart's," Misleading title in regard to timeline.  First paragraph within is misleading in regard to timeline.  And this was 1998.

Lets go back to freakin' 1940

TIGHAR, The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, has pretty much handled this "mystery," but that doesn't prevent a hubbub.  Their research on her started in 1988 and continues to now.  Check them out in more depth if you're interested in the research.  Refer to bottom of post for further reading by TIGHAR team member, Ric Gillespie.

In 1940 her bones were found, as well as many tantalizing artifacts. The first I ever first heard of this was on, which provides an awesome, irreverent History of the information we have gathered since her death.  But is far far far from a reputable source!  However, their information, with a bit of digging, adds up. It's funny, so I'll quote their hilarity:

"Remarkably, we've pretty much had the Earhart mystery solved ever since partial remains were found on an island... in 1940. That's right, 70 years ago. Only four years after she vanished.
  To be fair, half of the bones were carried away by giant crabs, and the rest have since been lost because nobody thought it was important or even curious that a skeleton should turn up on an island just southeast of where Amelia freaking Earhart was going. Neither did it strike a chord that the remains turned out to be those of a white woman with Earhart's measurements, or that they were found alongside a pocket knife, a broken cosmetics jar, a piece of glass from an airplane windshield and the same exact type of navigational system Earhart had been using. It's inconclusive, dammit!"
As you can see, they reference a Discovery News Article, corroborating their case.

A bit of digging:
Hosted on, an Article, written by one of the researchers on the TIGHAR team, has a section concisely mentioning TIGHAR's analysis of the situation, documented in the late 80's, and published soon after in multiple books.  Quoting

"In the late 1980s, a tiny non-profit group in Wilmington, Delaware—The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery or TIGHAR (pronounced “tiger”)—entered the fray. Organized by the dynamic husband-wife team of Ric Gillespie and Pat Thrasher, who continue to oversee its operations today, one of TIGHAR’s purposes is to apply scientific techniques to investigating aviation historical mysteries."  

Part of, the Ameliapedia gives a super-quick breakdown of TIGHAR and Amelia Earhart.  

AP was misleading about the ol' Amelia Earhart "breaking news" story.
Via Google's AP feed, I quote:
"NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The three bone fragments turned up on a deserted South Pacific island that lay along the course Amelia Earhart was following when she vanished. Nearby were several tantalizing artifacts: some old makeup, some glass bottles and shells that had been cut open."

The AP article here has been auto-injected into many news streams, including Yahoo News and Fox News. 

Further down in AP's article, they redeem themselves slightly, via a quote on the sensationalism of the topic:
"You only have to say you have a bone that may be human and may be linked to Earhart and people get excited. But it is true that, if they can get DNA, and if they can match it to Amelia Earhart's DNA, that's pretty good."
Too bad most people don't read down that far in articles.  Sigh.

So I'm here to rain on everyone's parade, and to remind you all that the media wants to sell advertising!  


For further reading on TIGHAR's work, team member Ric Gillespie's book 
Finding Amelia: The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance

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