HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HELLO KITTY! TAKE A LOOK BACK AT THE CAT'S IMPRESSIVE 40-YEAR RUN

Key chains, dolls, humidifiers, guitars, sewing machines, and even toilet paper: It's 2014 and the world still has a case of Hello Kitty fever four decades after her introduction.

 

The ubiquitous white cartoon character (we're being vague for a reason—more on that later) has had an impressive 40-year run: From her humble beginnings on a vinyl coin purse to this month's massive Hello Kitty Con, she's obviously here to stay.