The New York Times (of journalism) is openly encouraging readers to submit questions for Big Bird, a fictional character. Here are some of the most incisive. They come from children, we hope.

dear big bird,
how tall are you and i have been wondering are you gay, and what size shoe do you wear?
- keisha&ashley

Not to mention the obvious,

What do you like better: Ballet or Hip Hop and why?
- Rose Sue

And of course,

Ask Bird congratulations for your program!

How's your best friend?

- Francisco