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August 28, 2014 Conversation Starters: Hello Kitty is NOT A Cat + More!

Here, news you missed while you were sleeping.

1 Your childhood was a lie. HELLO KITTY IS NOT A CAT. Anthropologist and Hello Kitty scholar, Christine R. Yano, shared the revelation after sending her notes to Sanrio HQ in Japan for an upcoming Hello Kitty exhibit in LA. "I was corrected – very firmly. Hello Kitty is not a cat. She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She's never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it's called Charmmy Kitty." And it doesn't end there! She also adds, "She has a twin sister. She's a perpetual third-grader. She lives outside of London. I could go on. A lot of people don't know the story and a lot don't care. But it's interesting because Hello Kitty emerged in the 1970s, when the Japanese and Japanese women were into Britain." (

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2 Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago announced that she may run for presidency in 2016. “I have licked cancer, and I’m actually thinking of several career options.  By 2016, I will be disqualified by law to seek another term as senator,” Santiago said in a statement on Wednesday. “I’m not going to be coy. Society leaders have urged me to seek the presidency.  I can rise to the occasion, although I was following the other sign posts on the road to recovery," she says. (

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3 Derek Ramsey admits he's enjoying filming with Jennylyn Mercado and that he's found a new friend in the actress. Derek and Jennylyn have been working together for an upcoming MMFF entry entitled English Only, Please—a romantic comedy about a Fil-Am guy who needs help for his Tagalog speaking skills. Derek says, "She’s like my twin kasi ang hilig niya sa sports, ang hilig niya sa active lifestyle, ang hilig niyang tumawa." (

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4 Here's a full video of how Chiz got down on one knee and asked Heart for her hand in marriage. (GMA News Youtube Page)

5 Former Ms. Spain Patricia Yurena Rodríguez, who was a runner-up in Ms. Universe 2013 held in Moscow, has publicly announced that she is gay. She posted a sweet photo of her and girlfriend Vanesa Cortes on Instagram last week, with the caption "Romeo and Julliet." Despite the negative feedback she received, Patricia told a Spanish newspaper: "I do not regret what I did because I'm thrilled with what is happening to me." You go, girl! (

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