For most parents, figuring out what to give their child as a birthday gift is always a tough call. Toys are a usual go-to, but what if you want to be a little bit more creative? One dad has seemed to have found the answer by managing to deliver what could possibly be the most impressive, if not the most incredible, birthday present for his young daughter.
A Reddit user, who goes by the name kordath, recently posted photos of a mural he painted for his 2-year old’s playroom, a surprise gift that was completed while his wife and daughter were away for a few weeks.
Done entirely in basic acrylic paints, the original piece depicts beloved characters from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Pixar’s Finding Nemo and Studio Ghibli’s Ponyo all happily swimming together underwater over a bed of coral, with the sun’s rays breaking through the water’s surface (challenge: see how many characters you can name!). The precision and detail that can be seen in the final product is astounding and would amaze anyone, child and adult.
You may not know it, but November 1st is quite an important day. Today is the birthday of one of our most beloved characters, Hello Kitty.
Sanrio’s Yuko Shimizu introduced this iconic, mouthless kitty in 1974. If you do the math, you can conclude that Hello Kitty is 39 years old today! We know what you’re thinking- she aged quite well.
According to Sanrio, Hello Kitty, who’s actual name is Kitty White, was born in London, England. Her height is five apples stacked on top of one another and her weight is three apples put together.
Now, Hello Kitty has become a worldwide phenomenon. By 1999, Hello Kitty appeared on 12,000 products yearly. By 2008, Hello Kitty was responsible for half of Sanrio’s billion dollar revenue. There were over 50,000 different Hello Kitty branded products in more than 60 countries.
Now, Hello Kitty is worth $5 billion a year.
Clearly, this lovable character has achieved an overwhelming amount in 39 years. We wanted to thank her for years of enjoyment and wish her a happy birthday with our favorite Hello Kitty Cakes.
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