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Our world has been shaken by the revelation that Hello Kitty is not a cat, then is a cat after all.

But we also found out other equally head-scratching facts about the former feline according to Sanrio:

  • Her real name is Kitty White.
  • She made her first appearance on a vinyl coin purse in Japan in 1974.
  • Hello Kitty has her own pet cat, called Charmmy Kitty.
  • If you thought Hello Kitty was Japanese, you thought wrong. She is British and lives in the suburbs of London.
  • Hello Kitty's parents are George and Mary White. She also has a twin sister, Mimmy.
  • Her birthday is on Nov 1 and she is a Scorpio.
  • Her favourite food is her mother's apple pie.
  • Hello Kitty loves to bake and she can make really delicious cookies.
  • Hello Kitty's hobbies include travelling, listening to music, reading and making new friends (no word on how they communicate).