The sunflower is a plant native to the New World and common throughout the US. Its stem can grow up to 10 ft (3 m) tall, and its flower head, commonly having yellow rays, can reach 1 ft (30 cm) in diameter. The sunflower was domesticated around 1000 BCE in the Americas, where the Incas venerated it as an image of their sun god, and it reached Europe in the 16th century. It is valued today for its oil-bearing seeds that can be made into bread. The sunflower is the state flower of what US state?
Jerome K. Jerome
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Thomas Cranmer was the archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of the English kings Henry VIII and Edward VI. He promoted and proclaimed Henry's various marriages and divorces according to the king's will, and he endorsed the translation of the Bible into English. During Edward VI's reign, he shaped the doctrinal and liturgical transformation of the Church of England and was responsible for much of the first Book of Common Prayer. How did Thomas Cranmer die?
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Kamprad founded IKEA, the home furnishing retail chain. The acronym IKEA is made up of the initials of his name plus those of Elmtaryd, the farm where he was born, and Agunnaryd, a nearby village. As a boy, Kamprad bought matches in bulk and sold them individually at a low price for profit. He expanded to selling fish, seeds, and pencils. When he was 17, his father gave him a reward that he used to start IKEA. Where does Kamprad rank on Forbes' list of the world's wealthiest people?