The Empire of Harmlessness: Hello Kitty at 40

Thirty-nine years ago in Japan, Hello Kitty, the global emissary of cuteness, made her public debut. She appeared on a plastic coin purse priced at 240 yen, or about 80 cents. » 10/31/14 2:46pm 10/31/14 2:46pm

The Hello Kitty Cafe is Coming to California in 2015

Have you been drooling over those Hello Kitty Cafe food pics from Japan? I have (and I've also been trying to come up with ways to turn all my food into cartoon characters). Well, there's good news if you can't afford a trip overseas and you happen to live in California. » 11/02/14 11:30pm 11/02/14 11:30pm

Josh Groban Has Strong Feelings About Hello Kitty

In today's Tweet Beat, Josh Groban does not buy this whole "Hello Kitty is a person" thing, Ingrid Michaelson is really into the Container Store and Jaden Smith might have just discovered science. » 8/27/14 7:30pm 8/27/14 7:30pm

Wait, Hello Kitty Isn't a Cat?

Hello Kitty is one of the most easily recognizable characters in the history of modern culture. She's the smileless (well, mouthless) Mona Lisa. And this year, she's turning 40 (just two years until Esquire can deem her bangable)! But did you know that Hello Kitty is not actually a cat? No? Well that's probably… » 8/27/14 4:30pm 8/27/14 4:30pm

Meet Hello Kitty's New Friend: Gudetama, the Sad Egg

Sanrio has introduced a new sad sidekick for Hello Kitty and his name is Gudetama. He is an egg yolk, literally, and appears to be the Eeyore of the crew, though his woe-is-me demeanor is probably because he’s just waiting to be eaten. » 4/03/14 6:15pm 4/03/14 6:15pm

At Long Last, Hello Kitty Contact Lenses

You've all been waiting to sport your favorite fictional feline on your eyes, right? And no, these lavender Hello Kitty non-corrective contact lenses are not from Capitol Couture, but at $100 for a pair, they most definitely could be. » 10/04/13 12:10pm 10/04/13 12:10pm

"Over the years, we’ve lavished the girls with material things—an eleven-foot-tall cubby tree, miniature eiderdowns, roast organic chicken on demand…" Sandra Ballentine on her "children," who happen to be Bengal cats. This is Tatters, painted as Mary, Queen of Scots.
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Hello Kitty Practically Caused a Riot in Singapore

A lot of people in this neck of the woods don't get Hello Kitty. I mean, they "get it" in the sense that most people acknowledge that the cat is adorable, but in Asia, Hello Kitty is a religious icon worthy of super kawaii worship. » 6/27/13 3:00pm 6/27/13 3:00pm

Hello Kitty Has Improbably Kept a Factory in Syria Open

Cartoon characters can perform lots of physics-defying sight gags. Sometimes, they can even cross over from Toon Town into the real-person world and cause portly private detectives no end of trouble. Or help Michael Jordan save Earth from aliens. Or scoop out large chunks of a child’s brain with all the practiced… » 5/23/13 10:50am 5/23/13 10:50am

Girls Send a Hello Kitty Doll Into Almost-Space, Surely Igniting a…

Ever build a model rocket? Ever play with a Hello Kitty doll? This video is both of those things, simultaneously, and the fact that a group of seventh grade girls launched Hello Kitty most of the way up to the Kármán line (the boundary between Earth and the mysteries of the universe) should encourage you to do… » 2/02/13 12:30pm 2/02/13 12:30pm

Five-Year-Old Girl Suspended for Making a 'Terroristic Threat' About a…

A kindergartener in Pennsylvania was pulled from her school bus line and suspended after an adult overheard her talk about "shooting" a classmate. The girl was referring, as it turned out, to a Hello Kitty "gun" that blows bubbles. » 1/21/13 7:00pm 1/21/13 7:00pm

Beware! Hello Kitty Is Coming for Your Pumpkin Pie

The Hello Kitty Balloon makes it's way down New York's Central Park West in the 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade,Thursday, Nov 22, 2012. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano) » 11/22/12 12:15pm 11/22/12 12:15pm

Now You Can Fly the Friendly Hello Kitty Skies

What's the thing you value most in an airline? Reliability? Experience? Safety? Well, if you answered "cuteness" then you might want to consider flying with Hello Kitty Air. Yes, of course that is an actual thing. Taiwanese airline EVA air now has Hello Kitty-themed planes where you can enjoy an in-flight experience… » 5/03/12 9:30am 5/03/12 9:30am

What Dark Secrets Has Hello Kitty Been Hiding?

She may look innocent, but Hello Kitty could be a lot sneakier than we could have ever dreamed. The tiny white cat—whose iconic cheerful face is plastered on everything from notebooks to vibrators—has invaded our consciousness to such an extent that we accept her unquestioningly. » 1/30/12 10:20am 1/30/12 10:20am

Larry The Downing Street Cat Is Excited For The Royal Wedding

LONDON - APRIL 28: Larry, the Downing Street cat, gets in the Royal Wedding spirit in a Union flag bow-tie in the Cabinet Room at number 10 Downing Street on April 28, 2011 in London, England. Prince William will marry his fiancee Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey tomorrow. (Photo by James Glossop - WPA…

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14 Bizarre & Bewildering Thingamabobs For Your Boobs

The world is full of delightful things, among them the strange gizmos created for breasts. Odd bras, peculiar pasties, ghastly gadgets. Here, we've gathered 14 of the weirdest. » 4/25/11 4:55pm 4/25/11 4:55pm