Today I got the hankerin' to read about Hello Kitty and how and when her reign began, and exactly how much she's worth (I don't know why, I've never been into HK). Fascinating stuff for such a simple little cartoon cat. However, I thought this tidbit was especially interesting:
A spokesperson for Sanrio says that Hello Kitty is not normally given a mouth because "without the mouth, it is easier for the person looking at Hello Kitty to project their feelings onto the character" and that "the person can be happy or sad together with Hello Kitty."
geniuses. these people are GENIUSES.