Yes, Hello Kitty is our favorite feline. But she isn’t who we thought she was.
Hello Kitty isn’t a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She’s a little girl. She’s a friend. But she’s not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature.
This year, she turns 40. Created by Sanrio, the cute cultural force began life as a character on a coin purse, in 1974, in Japan. She arrived in the U.S. in 1976.
What’s more, Kitty isn’t Japanese, even though she was born in Japan. She’s a little British girl, who lives in a London suburb. She loves apple pie. Her blood type is A.
She is, in a way, like Humpty Dumpty, whom we’ve grown up knowing to be an egg. But nowhere does the nursery rhyme, “Humpty Dumpty,” say he is. Published in 1797, it was intended to be a riddle.