This week’s questions:
- What are birds doing when they are dusting?
- Dorothy’s magic slippers were ruby red in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. What color were they in the famous children’s book that inspired it?
- Which two baseball Hall of Famers share the record for most consecutive seasons played with one club: 23?
- What was the first consumer product manufactured by Sony?
- Years before his election, what 19th-century U.S. president pawned his gold watch for $22 to buy Christmas gifts for his pregnant wife and their three children?
This week’s answers:
- They’re not cleaning their nests; they’re bathing by rolling around in dry earth or sand, and then flicking their wings and ruffling their feathers to get rid of parasites and dry skin.
- Silver. The film was one of MGM’s first in Technicolor, and studio chief Louis B. Mayer felt ruby red would stand out much better as Dorothy traveled along the yellow brick road.
- Brooks Robinson, with the Baltimore Orioles; and Carl Yastrzemski, with the Boston Red Sox.
- An electric rice cooker, in 1945.
- Ulysses S. Grant, in 1857.
Source: Workman Publishing / “Page-A-Day”