Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Earhart hair at IWASM turns out to be thread

The discovery that IWASM's hair sample is actually just a bit of thread may be sad news for Earhart fans, but on the bright side, the Museum has extended the run of its exhibit "The Life and Legacy of Ameila Earhart" through November 15th so you can head down to Burke Lakefront Airport and check out the sample for yourself.

Cleveland museum's Earhart 'hair' just thread

A group looking for DNA evidence of the pioneer aviator on a Pacific island recently asked the International Women's Air and Space Museum for a sample of the "hair" for comparison. Museum executive director Toni Mullee says an analysis determined the specimen was thread that looked like hair.

Mullee says the museum acquired the artifact 20 years ago from the Smithsonian Institution, which had gotten it from a Pennsylvania man. The museum has had it on exhibit next to a book with an anecdote about a White House maid who saved some Earhart hair from a wastebasket.

Mullee says the thread will stay on display, with a full explanation.

Information from: WJW-TV, http://www.fox8cleveland.com

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