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Joe Ades, legendary salesman of carrot peelers made in Switzerland by people who make knives for doctors, has passed away. I loved walking past him in the mornings on the way to work. I always enjoyed that he used the same damn lines on people every single time and would often be rewarded with a crowd surrounding him as he shredded yet another hapless carrot. Oh how many carrots he must have peeled! A true New York icon has been lost. If you, dear reader, have experienced Joe the Peeler Salesman, leave a comment.

But, if you’ve never been fortunate enough to see his shtick, here are a few videos.

Photo from the NYTimes