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Hello Kitty is not a cat according to expert

In a shocking and pop culture changing discovery, a recent University of Hawaii anthropologist named Christina Yano revealed that Hello Kitty is not a cat at all. While putting together the Hello Kitty exhibit for the Japanese American National Museum, Sanrio alerted Yano to the fact that Hello Kitty is not a cat. According to CNet on Thursday, Hello Kitty is actually a little girl.

 Hello Kitty arrives at the 1st Annual Children Mending Hearts Style Sunday on June 9, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.
Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Children Mending Hearts

According to Yano, who wrote a book called "Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty's Trek Across the Pacific," Sanrio contacted her after she began putting together the Hello Kitty exhibit she was curating. They told Yano, "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."

Another thing to be learned about the cartoon character is that Hello Kitty is not her name. Her name is actually Kitty White according to Sanrio. Kitty, the little girl who is not a cat, lives in London with her parents Mary and George White. She also has a twin sister named Mimmy. Why it took 40 years for fans of the very popular character to learn all this is a complete mystery.

Hello Kitty is an iconic cartoon character that has been featured on pretty much everything in the last 40 years it has existed. From coffee cups to stuffed animals to alarm clocks, fans of the cute creature can accessorize pretty much anything with Hello Kitty. Fans of the cute cat-like "little girl" have been baffled and a recent op-ed piece in the Washington Post calls this new revelation "deeply disturbing."

This new revelation about Hello Kitty's roots is interesting and a little bit weird. Do you think that revealing Hello Kitty as being "not a cat" will hurt her popularity and Sanrio's sales? Let us know what you think in the comments below.