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Hello Kitty demands a new paradigm in the philosophy of physics

Hello Kitty levitating above New York - apparently not the only Law of Physics she's broken. (Photo: REUTERS)

Hello Kitty levitating above New York - apparently not the only Law of Physics she's broken. (Photo: REUTERS)

A cat is in a sealed steel box with a Geiger counter containing a minuscule amount of a radioactive substance, and a tube of poison. Depending on what happens in the box, the cat will either be dead or alive -- but it cannot be both.
cat child.jpgTo a quantum physicist, "Schrodinger's cat" neatly illustrates the failures of the so-called "Copenhagen interpretation" to take simple reality into account. To the layperson, it's pretty confusing. But at least we know Schrodinger's Cat is a cat.

As we told you last night, Sanrio -- the company that makes Hello Kitty -- recently announced that the character is not, actually, a cat. What she actually is is a British girl with a pet cat that looks exactly like her, except that it walks on all fours. 


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In the wake of this unnerving revelation, the website Kotaku contacted Sanrio for clarification. A spokesperson said: 

"Hello Kitty was done in the motif of a cat. It's going too far to say that Hello Kitty is not a cat. Hello Kitty is a personification of a cat" 
That sounds like kind of a tricky concept: unlike Schrodinger's cat, Hello Kitty is two things at once: a cat, and not a cat. To the layperson, it's pretty confusing. To an expert, it's simple. 

So we contacted an expert: Peter Armstong's four-year-old daughter, Jasmine



Armstrong's Person Cat

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