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USA. Arizona state. Cave Creek. Saguaro cactus at sunset. The cactus looks like a hand making an obscene hand gesture (Fuck you). The saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) is an arborescent (tree-like) cactus species in the monotypic genus Carnegiea, which can grow to be over 70 feet (21 m) tall. The saguaro blossom is the state wildflower of Arizona. In Western culture, the finger or the middle finger is an obscene hand gesture. It communicates moderate to extreme contempt, and is roughly equivalent in meaning to "fuck off", "fuck you", "shove it up your ass", "up yours" or "go fuck yourself". It is performed by showing the back of a hand that has only the middle finger extended upwards, though in some locales the thumb is extended. The gesture is usually used to express contempt but can also be used humorously or playfully. 28.01.16 © 2016 Didier Ruef