As pop culture icon Hello Kitty turns 40, get ready for a big celebration.

And a lot of secrets revealed.

For example, Hello Kitty is not a cat, according to Christine R. Yano, an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii who has spent years studying Hello Kitty.

Yano found out that startling information when she was preparing texts for a Hello Kitty exhibit at a museum and Sanrio, the producer of Hello Kitty, corrected her and said she’s not a cat.

Read more at Hello Kitty, including other things you didn't know about the icon, in this piece by the Los Angeles Times at http://lat.ms/1AVzidk