What’s with Hello Kitty?

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If the world had a logo, I think it would be Hello Kitty. She’s everywhere.

When I’m strolling the streets of a quaint European town, searching for a picturesque shot, she’s there… flying on banners, spilling out of postcard racks, and bobbing up and down in balloon bouquets.

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So I just have to ask: What’s with Hello Kitty? Why is the world obsessed with this big-headed, pink-clad cat?

She’s cute, sure. I probably owned a Hello Kitty pencil case when I was a kid. But why does the whole world seem fascinated by her?

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Obsessed with this question, I embarked on a little Hello Kitty research. What I found didn’t exactly answer my question, but it did teach me a few things I didn’t know:

*     H.K. was created in Japan, yet according to her profile, she is British (born in London to be exact).

*     She’s named after a cat called ‘Kitty’ in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass.

*     She is five apples tall and weighs 3 apples.

*     Her last name is White.

*     She doesn’t have a mouth because we are supposed to project our feelings onto her.

*     In addition to modeling for products that gross half-a-billion dollars a year, she has been an ambassador, starred in her own TV show, owned theme parks, restaurants, commercial jets, a jewelry line, wine varieties, and even a maternity hospital.

That girl has it all.

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Maybe I’m just a little jealous.

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