Name:The Zit Picker. Er. sorry? You heard it. 'Z' not 'N'. The Zit Picker is the remarkable Hong Kong person - usually female who enjoys nothing more than squeezing pimples (either her's or a companion's) right out in the open. Or perhaps right in your face would be more appropriate. Habitat (1): Anywhere that has a reflective surface, which, given Hong Kong architects' lack of originality, means just about any commercial building you care to name. Keep your eyes peeled as you wander around town over the next few days and marvel at the ability of people to find mirrored surfaces and quickly get on with a bit of facial excavation. (2): MTR carriages. Let's face it, riding around on the MTR can be boring. So why not occupy the time in a constructive fashion by peering intently at your boyfriend's face then engaging in a bit of pus extracation. Defining character trait: A complete and utter lack of self-consciousness. This person is blissfully unaware that the sight of blackheads or zits being publicly evacuated might cause offence to spectators. The murmured protests of her boyfriend ('that guy over there's staring') are usually brushed off in an instant. Occupation: Could be anything, really. They do, however, tend to be under 30 years old because the prime requirement for a picker has to be a dodgy complexion. Closely related to (1): The nose picker, of course. The spitter. The person who clips fingernails or even toenails in public. The man who shaves in public. The woman who tells her kid to pee in the gutter if he really has to go. (2): Those monkeys who take great delight in sitting around checking friends and even strangers for fleas. And then eating them. (3): Those Hong Kong women who seem unable to complete a meal without reaching for the compact and lipstick and spending what seems like ages in turning their lips into oil slicks. Professional pickers: Those bored ladies plastered with two inches of make-up who who sit in the cosmetics sections of department stores. In between being rude to customers and applying further coats of war paint, they launch terrifying attacks on areas of imperfect skin. Cliched Western equivalents (1): The housewife who can't let her husband walk out the door in the morning without first straightening his tie and then brushing flakes of dandruff or lint from his suit. Favourite show: Any advert for skin care products, or for that matter, any advert which manages to deal with a traditionally sensitive area of health or hygiene (menstruation, dandruff, athlete's foot, bad breath) in a cheery, self-confident fashion guaranteed to have foreigners scratching their heads in disbelief, rather than squeezing their zits in sympathy.