Wait what? Hello Kitty is not a cat?
Features Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | August 28, 2014 | 03:39 pm IST For all those familiar with Hello Kitty, a fictional character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio, will know that she is a cute cat who wears a red bow on her left ear. From video games, cartoons and a range of products based on Hello Kitty, her character is a popular name across the world. This year Hello Kitty turns 40, and her creators thought of clearing a common misconception about the character, states a report by Daily Mail. Hello Kitty is NOT a cat. Yes, you read it right. She may resemble one, but instead Hello Kitty is a "real human little girl who lives outside of London, has a twin sister and a cat of her own and will forever be in third grade", writes Daily Mail. Christine R. Yano, an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii, told LA Times, that while she was 'preparing her written texts for the exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum, she says she described Hello Kitty as a cat. "I was corrected â€” very firmly. That's one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show. Hello Kitty is not a cat. She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She's never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it's called Charmmy Kitty." Did you know? Hello Kitty's full name is Kitty White. Hello Kitty's twin sister is called Mimmy. Hello Kitty does not have a mouth. Hello Kitty first appeared in 1974 on a vinyl coin purse. Sanrio has teamed up with several corporates to create special designs for Hello Kitty Jets. The Hello Kitty Airbus A330-200, Image Courtesy: Wikipedia In the late 1990's, the murder of a night club hostess in Hong Kong came to be known as Hello Kitty murder. Because, the woman was decapitated and her skull was put in a Hello Kitty doll. Read: Life for 'Hello Kitty' Killers Hello Kitty cafe in Hongdae, Seoul; Image Courtesy: Wikipedia Avril Lavigne, in 2013, recorded a song called "Hello Kitty".