The Demise of Newspapers Foretold by Hello Kitty?

While browsing books with my daughters in the children’s library, I came across this book:
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Published in 2005, Hello Kitty What Will I Be A to Z is a cute little picture book that places Sanrio‘s Hello Kitty in 26 different careers, surrounded by the essential tools of that trade.

I was excited to find, immediately after Movie Star, that the book listed Newspaper Reporter!  But, upon closer examination, I discovered something unexpected.  Apparently, Sanrio knew that newspapers were on a dramatic decline before the rest of us.  Take a look:

Hello Kitty Reporter

That’s right—even in 2005, ramen noodles were considered an essential tool of the newspaper reporter.  Guess we should have seen it coming. 😉