I guess this is the one time out of ten where if it looks like a duck and quacks like one, it’s not a damn duck? Yeah, Hello Kitty is not a cat, but an actual human character that looks like a cat. We even call it Hello Kitty. But no meow mix here according to Sanrio Corp.

Sanrio Corp, the company behind the global Hello Kitty phenomenon let that news slip to an anthropologist curating an exhibition on the global icon. Christine R Yano, the anthropologist that just made her field awesome to millions of girls everywhere, let the news drop during a LA Times interview.

“That’s one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show. Hello Kitty is not a cat,” she said.

Ok, so Hello Kitty is a human. Go on Sanrio. Turns out the character is British, born out the 1970s Japanese love for everything Britain. Oh, she even has a blood type – type A. Umm, that’s some serious character development.

Born in southern England in 1974, Hello Kitty’s real name is Kitty White and she has a twin sister Minny White.

Needless to say, the Internet is having a minor meltdown at the news. Tweets range from from, “Hello Kitty is not actually a cat. MIND BLOWN”. Some of the more humorous tweets say the fact the character isn’t a cat is the reason why a person has trust issues.

So, if you are one of the millions who own Hello Kitty gear, just remember. It’s not a cat. Yeah, now you know. And knowing is half the battle. What? GI Joes aren’t actual soldiers? This is too much.

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