Nostalgic or not, she's been around the globe once or twice and that's putting it modestly. In all her 39 years, the leader of the Sanrio “cute-pack” has never seen the international fame she’s experiencing now. Hello Worldly. Hello Iconically. Hello Kitty.
If you want, she'll gleefully decorate every square inch of your abode, wardrobe, vehicle or anything else you might own with her incurious mug. There's even a long list of Hello Kitty items we're too shy to mention, much less keep around the house. Truly, the real challenge is to find something that Sanrio <em>hasn't</em> bowed up, bejeweled or embellished with its billion-dollar baby.
The Japanese stationery figurine-turned-superstar has cutely clawed her way across so many demographics and into our daily lives that we may as well get better acquainted with the clearly unstoppable – and adorably unflappable – cultural icon. A few fun facts to get you better acquainted:
<strong>1.</strong> Kitty White is her real name – “Hello” is just her game. She laps up at least $500 million in yearly licensing fees that contribute to an annual haul worth well over a billion dollars.
<strong>2.</strong> The Japanese bobtail kitten from the suburbs of London has blood type-A, is a Scorpio and infinitely presides in the 3rd grade.
<strong>3.</strong> Her famous bow is <em>always</em> worn on her left ear. The identical-looking kitty bearing a bow on the right isn't a fraud; it’s Kitty's twin sister, Mimmy, and clearly the introvert of the two!
<strong>4.</strong> The first Hello Kitty product was a coin purse Sanrio produced in 1975.
<strong>5.</strong> If you hadn't noticed, she has no mouth! The intention behind this design is so fans can more easily relate to Hello Kitty by projecting emotions onto her.
<strong>6.</strong> EVA Airways, a Taiwanese airline, has a fleet of Hello Kitty-themed planes; Airbus A330-200s and A330-300s that fly throughout Asia. <em>“Folks, we're now approaching 50,000 feet of Hello Kitty stardom and cruising at such cute altitudes it may cause dizziness. But, don’t worry! Located in front of you is an adorable kitty hairball bag if you start to feel nauseated.”</em>
<strong>7.</strong> There is also a Hello Kitty-themed maternity hospital in Taiwan. The hospital's owner hoped the cat would help ease the stresses of childbirth.
<strong>8.</strong> Her boyfriend's name is Dear Daniel. (Although it's technically unofficial, most would consider them an item.)
<strong>9.</strong> Disobedient Bangkok police officers were once ordered to wear Hello Kitty armbands on their uniforms as a form of punishment, but officials relented after only a few days because so many Hello Kitty fans disapproved of their cherished feline being used in such a non-friendly fashion.
Despite these fun trivia nuggets, this feline can be purr-ty mysterious and <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> invites all the Hello Kitty lovers in the crowd to share the secrets we missed.