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“Fuck This Area In Particular” is an expression typically found in image macros depicting extreme weather events, such as isolated, torrential storms or lightning strikes, in which only a portion of the visible landscape appears to be affected.
The phrase is said to have been inspired by an aerial photograph of an isolated storm taken during a flight between Washington and Arizona, which was submitted to /r/Pics by Redditor zaikman, a friend of the photographer, on September 3rd, 2009. In the following years, the photo was reposted to Reddit twice more, in January 2010 and February 2011, before phrases similar to “fuck this specific area” began appearing in the comments.
In January 2012, the photo made it to the front page of /r/Pics where the top comment was “Cloud: ‘HA! FUCK THIS LITTLE VILLAGE!’” An image macro version of the photo with the caption “fuck this area in particular” was used as a comment on FunnyJunk in response to a series of photos of lightning strikes on April 28th, 2012. On July 29th, 2012, another storm photo using the caption appeared on FunnyJunk, depicting a large storm seemingly over one barn (shown below). This image without the caption was reposted to FunnyJunk on September 21st, 2012, where it was viewed more than 53,000 times.
In October 2012, an image macro of the initial photo was shared on /r/Funny twice, hitting the front page both times with 1,803 points and 1,630 points, respectively. That November, another variation appeared on MemeCrunch. On May 13th, 2013, the subreddit /FTAIP launched as a place to share these types of cloud photos. In January 2013, a Facebook fan page for the phrase was created, gaining more than 900 likes as of October 2013.
On July 6th, 2013, a GIF of a cat looking around a room before knocking a solitary itme off of a countertop (shown below, left) was submitted to /r/Funny by MrChancism with the title “I should hit the road, eh ya know what, fuck this thing in particular.” Four days later, Redditor BDaught submitted a GIF to the /r/IdiotsFightingThings subreddit titled “Fuck you cops and especially fuck this fence in particular” depicting a naked man going up to a wooden fence and punching a hole in one panel (shown below, center). That October, Redditor Lancaster1983 used this titling scheme again for a GIF of stray golf cart plowing into a group of people (shown below, right) that was submitted to the /r/GIFs subreddit as “Fuck this group of people in particular.”
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