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Hello Kitty Isn't Exactly a Cat

Her name is Kitty White and she's a 3rd-grader from outside London

(Newser) - She may sport what appear to be whisker lines across her expressionless face, but the iconic Hello Kitty may not be a cat. In fact, the cartoon character created 40 years ago has a whole backstory that will soon be on display at an exhibit at the Japanese American National... More »

Girl, 5, Suspended in Hello Kitty Threat

Told friend she'd shoot bubble gun: lawyer

(Newser) - Hello Kitty may be actually terrifying to some of us, but a 5-year-old Pennsylvania girl has been dubbed a "terrorist threat" and suspended from school over a Hello Kitty bubble shooter, the New York Daily News reports. The girl was waiting for the school bus when she told a... More »

Pop the Cork on Hello Kitty Wine

Brand, now 35, expands with a more mature offering

(Newser) - With the Hello Kitty franchise turning 35 last year, it’s apparently high time to add wines to the line. Conceived by an Italian outfit, four varieties will become available in the US during next few months, the CEO of its marketing operation here tells LA Weekly —adding that... More »

Happy 35th Birthday, Hello Kitty

Fashionable events surround style icon's big day

(Newser) - She can't blow out the candles, but Hello Kitty turns 35 today. Launched by the Japanese greeting card firm Sanrio in 1974, the mute, mysterious feline made her US debut in 1976 and is now an international style icon. "Who doesn't love Kitty?" fashion entrepreneur Kimora Lee Simmons asks.... More »

Bizarro Travel-Industry Jobs

Gigs that straddle the line between necessary and absurd

(Newser) - From Parisian sewer guides to a coconut safety engineer in St. Thomas, some travel industry jobs straddle the line between necessary and absurd. Travel and Leisure highlights some of the strangest.
  1. Tourism ambassador, Japan. Diplomacy never looked so soft and cuddly after Japan appointed elder statesfeline Hello Kitty for PR
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Hello, China: Meet Japan's New Envoy

Japan tabs pop icon to bring in visitors from China

(Newser) - Hello Kitty has been tapped as Japan’s cultural envoy to China, the AP reports. Japan’s ministry of tourism chose the über-popular icon to represent the country in its drive to attract 10 million annual visitors to the islands. Last year, tourists from China and Hong Kong made... More »

Dior Vogue Shoot Is Cats Pajamas for Hello Kitty

Cartoon figure to model with Galliano

(Newser) - The newest icon to model the latest Dior designs is short, pudgy, and has stubby legs and facial hair. But that doesn't seem to bother Dior designer John Galliano, Reuters reports. The ubiquitous Japanese cartoon character Hello Kitty will be featured in the upcoming issue of Japanese Vogue—sporting new... More »

Hello Kitty to Purr for Young Men, Too

Company will make girl-friendly product line palatable for teen boys

(Newser) - Will boys really say “Hello Kitty”? The company behind the sugary-sweet product line thinks so. Japan’s Sanrio Co. says it will plaster the cuddly cat on T-shirts, bags, watches, and other products for males. “We think Hello Kitty is accepted by young men as a design... More »

Misbehaving Thai Cops Say ‘Hello Kitty’

Rule-breakers punished with cute accessories

(Newser) - Police officers in Thailand caught breaking minor rules will be subjected to hot pink shame—“Hello Kitty” armbands. Attempting to stem more serious abuses of power, police brass intend to punish littering and tardiness with the cute accessories, the AP reports. The rule-breakers will not, however, be made to... More »

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