Perfectly-Planned Wedding Prank

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Infidelity is particularly common for couples who spend long periods apart. One man ensured he got the last laugh – at his ex’s wedding, of all places.

Dino began to suspect his wife was cheating while he was working on an oil rig far from home – so he forced her to expose her true rotten nature to those closest to her.

As fellow oil riggers described him, Dino “was a really nice, quiet guy, and unlike some of the hard-partying guys on the crew, he didn’t blow his money as fast as it came.” Dino was smart, making good money and saving it, too. He didn’t show off his success like a spendthrift and invested instead in a condominium he paid for in full. The only thing missing was a woman to enjoy his success with. Unfortunately, the woman he picked ended up being a backstabber.

Dino’s friends referred to this woman by some names we don’t want to repeat, but elsewhere she was called Andrea, so we’ll stick to that. According to Dino’s friends, she was an extremely beautiful woman, apparently to compensate for her awful personality. “Centerfold hot” was how they described her, while Dino was “a bit ordinary-looking, and kind of shy.” Maybe physically she was out of his league, but personality-wise it was he who was the steel in the relationship.

Most of Dino’s friends were proud of him for landing such a hot woman, but one of them was slightly more suspicious. According to him, she “raised the hair on the back of my neck.” Once he got to know her a bit better, he said he discovered she was “one of the most self-centered, attention gathering people I had ever met.” Hindsight is 20/20, and he didn’t have the ability to foresee what would happen, yet the warning signs were most certainly there…

While working off shore, Dino trusted Angela to “hold the fort” while he was gone. According to his friend, things seemed a bit off when Dino looked into his bank account. He had left Andrea a card so she would be able to take care of herself while he was out of town, and something odd showed up in his bank statements. “He was seeing stuff on his bank statements,” Dino’s buddy recalled, “like a $300 grocery purchase, and then another $200 grocery purchase a couple of days later. Either she was eating $500 worth of groceries a week or she was pumping cash-backs from the grocery store into her purse.”

It was becoming increasingly clear to Dino that his wife was a gold digger.

The bizarreness of Andrea’s behavior made Dino start to suspect that she might not be remaining faithful. After all, she had ample opportunity to maintain an affair when he was away, not to mention having access to his money. So Andrea was very possibly betraying him twice over. Dino was smart, though, and made a plan. “He arranged for his relief to come out a few days early and flew back home,” his friend said. Dino’s strong suspicions would be confirmed, but things only went downhill from there.

As it turned out, Dino’s instincts were right on the money. He had a pretty decent idea of what would be waiting for him at home, so he asked the condominium association’s security guard to come up with him to be a witness. Andrea didn’t expect him home for a couple more days, so when Dino entered with his witness out of the blue it caught her completely by surprise.

She was caught red handed with her Lover.

His Pride and Joy

A 1987 Chevy Monte Carlo SS

Besides the condo he owns, Dino’s pride and joy is his white Chevy Monte Carlo. After the divorce, he returned home from another stint at the oil rig. Instead of finding his car in tip-top condition, it had been damaged: “Four flat tires, a smashed windshield, and a can of red paint had been poured over it.” Security in his garage wasn’t too tight, so “there was no proof, but it didn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure this one out.” Mess with a man’s car and you’d best beware.

Andrea had just done something that Dino would never be able to forgive. Another, more brash man would hit her back where it hurts immediately, and Dino had ample opportunity, but he was patient.

Two Years Later

About a month before the wedding, Dino sends an anonymous letter in the mail. In the envelope was a picture of a Monte Carlo, a wedding dress, and a ketchup packet. There’s a single sheet of paper, with three words: “Red on White.” If you thought Dino would just turn the other cheek, you were sorely mistaken. He hadn’t forgotten what she had done to his car, and neither had she. He was going to get his revenge, and with this cryptic message, she knew it.

The note was enough to make Andrea worry about her pure white wedding dress. A friend of his had given Dino a little piece of information that she had heard from her sister: the name of the store where Andrea was getting her dress. Dino went to the store “and asked the guy if he wants to make an easy hundred bucks. All he had to do is call Andrea, and tell her that they need her to come to the shop and choose the red lace trim for her gown.

Andrea showed up 20 minutes later, freaking out, and demanding to know what this was about,” Dino’s friend continued. “The guy said he got a call from her fiancé and ordered the red lace for the dress. Andrea knew that it wasn’t the fiancé,” and she had a pretty good idea of who was behind this sabotage. She was freaking out with good reason; his staining her white dress red wasn’t a matter of “if” to her, but rather a matter of “when.” She was spooked.

This wasn’t where it would end, though. “Dino had about 30 different red lipsticks sent to her house from a variety of Amazon sellers, all paid from prepaid credit cards.” She wasn’t able to trace them back to him, but she knew. As if this psychological torment wasn’t enough, Dino then had a red sharpie placed under her windshield wipers for her to find one fine morning. By the time of the wedding day, she was a complete wreck, expecting to be sprayed by red paint at every turn.

She needed to do something. She had her father call Dino at work to talk him into backing off, but when Dino explained what she had done to him and to his car, the father became really ticked off at Andrea. Indeed, there seems to be some sort of “man code” that says you don’t mess with another man’s automobile. You just don’t do it, and it cost Andrea the support of her father ahead of the wedding day.

Dino had never planned to do anything to her at her wedding. Indeed, he had to make sure the guests could witness everything. He turned her into a Bridezilla, and Nancy, who was invited, kept him updated with a running commentary as the night progressed. It was legendary.” Before all of those closest to her, she exposed herself to be an erratic and paranoid person that was demanding everyone bend over backward every time there was the slight possibility her dress would get stained red. In the end, the only thing stained was her reputation.

If she had just kept her mouth shut and not gotten her father involved, he never would have learned what she had done to Dino. Before long, everyone learned firsthand just how self-centered and selfish she was after she behaved like a monster at her wedding. Dino didn’t need to do much, just make some arrangements for her to be freaked out that something bad was going to happen. As for the rest, he could just let her do it to herself.

Major Amedeo Quillet- Badass of the Week

Italians have been the butt of many a joke.  “Why are Italian rifles so expensive?  Because they’ve never been fired and dropped only once.”  Not so Major Amedeo Quillet who may well be voted “Badass of the Century”.

Lieutenant and Major Quillet

Born into Italian aristocracy on February 7th, 1909, young Amedeo led a pampered life and became an excellent horseman.  He was to have been part of the Italian Equestrian Team for the 1936 Olympics, but Italy’s war with Ethiopia in 1935 quashed those plans.  Using family connections, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and raised a force of over 2000 African cavalry.  After several successful engagements with Ethiopian forces, he was asked to join the Black Flames.  This was a unit of volunteers sent to fight in support of France in the Spanish Civil War.

Quillet then accepted a posting to Italian East Africa and planned to have a quiet life.  This ended abruptly when Italy joined World War Two as part of the Axis.

Surrounded by British forces, the Italian Army fought a defensive campaign. Quillet was again commanded a force of African calvary “Gruppo Bande a Cavallo”. Using sabers, rifles and hand grenades , once again he led horseback attacks successfully against his enemies.  His exploits led him to be named The Italian Lawrence of Arabia, The Knight from Another Time and the Black Commander. 

The Black Commander

THE BATTLE OF CHERU (Keru)

His most legendary battle occurred January 1941 as Italian forces were in full retreat.  In a rear guard action to give the Italian Army time to escape the British and regroup, Quillet led a series of attacks on the British Army.  This cumulated in the last charge of Horse cavalry faced by the British Army and the last horse charge in history.

Quillet attacked with 1500 horsemen against infantry, machine guns and tanks.  Flanking the heavy weapons, the cavalry cut into the British camp tossing hand grenades and slashing down survivors.  The focus of the attack was the British Headquarters which was defended by a line of artillery.  The panicked gun crews zeroed their guns and fired point blank into the Africans.  Many shells missed the attackers and caused severe casualties among the British.  Suffering heavy losses, Quillet’s cavalry destroyed the gun crews, many hacked to death.

The attack left chaos and death in its wake and Quillet escaped with most of his men.  The action did in fact by the time for the Italian forces to regroup.  Their defensive positions held the British force in check preventing the loss of Italian East Africa and saved thousands of lives in the process. For this action, Quillet was promoted to Captain.

Despite this success, the Italian General surrendered to the British.  Thousands of Italian soldiers, including Quillet refused to surrender and took to the mountains. 

The “Gruppo Bande a Cavallo ” suffered 826 deaths and more than 600 injured from the beginning of WW2; it had no deserters and received the gold medal in the memory of the heroic Togni, and high praise from their enemies, written on the official reports of the British High Command.

NOW IT GETS GOOD

Dressed as natives, Quillet led his horsemen in eight months of attacks, ambushes and sabotage against the occupying British.  Supplies were plundered, trains derailed and bridges blow up.  The British placed a bounty of Gold on Quillet’s head, dead or alive.  He evaded every effort to destroy his force.  Reduced to be armed with only pistols and hand grenades, Quillet forced the British to divert significant forces from the main battles in North Africa.

With the defeat of Axis forces in North Africa, Quillet escaped to neutral Yemen and stowed away on a Red Cross ship to get back to Italy.  Promoted to Major and still not admitting defeat, he requested men and supplies from the Italian War Ministry to continue the fight in East Africa. Unfortunately, Italy surrendered shortly after his return and declared war on Germany.  With the blessing of the American Army, Quillet conducted guerilla warfare against the Germans.  This continued until the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Although wounded several times, Quillet survived the war having survived three wars and fighting on both sides of World War Two. Amedeo married Beatrice Gandolfo in 1944. The couple subsequently had two sons; Paolo and Alfredo. Beatrice died in 1990.

 Following the war Quillet entered the Italian diplomatic service where he represented Italy in Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Morocco, and finally as ambassador to India until 1975. In 1971, he was in Morocco during an assassination attempt on the King.

On June 20, 2000, he was awarded honorary citizenship by the city of Capua, which he defined as “highly coveted”.

On 4 November 2000, the day of the Festivity of the Armed Forces, Quillet was presented with the Knight Grand Cross of the Military Order of Italy by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. This is the highest military decoration in Italy. Quillet is one of the most highly decorated (both civil and military) people in Italian history. In 2001, Quillet  visited Eritrea and was met by thousands of supporters. The group included men who previously served with him as horsemen in the Italian Cavalry known as Gruppo Bande a Cavallo. The Eritrean people remembered Quillet ‘s efforts to help Eritrea remain independent of Ethiopia.

2000

Since 1974 Quillet had been living in retirement in Kentstown, County Meath, Ireland although latterly he had spent his winters in Italy. For some years he was a member of and hunted with the Tara Harriers and the Meath Hounds.

In 2009, his 100th birthday was celebrated with a special concert at the Palazzo Barberini in Rome.

Amedeo Quillet died on June 16, 2010, in Rome.