A Quora user posed the question to the world recently: What are some incidents where people took revenge in a mind-blowing way? People from across the world flocked to their computers to share incredible stories of clever, calculated revenge stories from throughout history. As it turns out, our ancestors were pretty damn good at getting back at each other. Check out some of the best responses below.
When a $3,500 Taylor guitar owned by David Carroll of Canadian folk-pop group Sons of Maxwell had been broken due to mishandling by the United Airlines crew there began a fight for reimbursement. After months of following up with customer when United rejected Carrolls claim he exacted revenge by recording a series of songs called the United Breaks Guitars trilogy. It received millions of hit on you-tube resulting in Uniteds stock drop in value by $180 million.
The lyrics include the verse "I should have flown with someone else, or gone by car, 'cause United breaks guitars."
In December 2009, Time magazine named "United Breaks Guitars" No. 7 on its list of the Top 10 Viral Videos of 2009.
In January 2012, Carroll and "United Breaks Guitars" were featured in the CBC/CNBC documentary Customer (Dis)Service.
In May 2012, Carroll published a book, United Breaks Guitars: The Power of One Voice in the Age of Social Media detailing his experiences.
In January 2013, the success of Carroll's online protest was used by the German television and news service Tagesschau to exemplify a new kind of threat facing corporations in the internet age.
In June 2013, the NBC TV Today program's panel discussed "how to properly complain and get what you want" and used a Carroll video as an example of a good way to complain while remaining "respectful" and "not yelling".
Submitted by Manni Kumar
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was a farmer who made tractors. Eventually his business became so successful that he was among the most wealthy in Italy. He owned a Ferrari which gave him some trouble at some point in time.
Being a mechanic, he tried to fix the problem and found out that his Ferrari had the same clutch used in one of his tractors. Obviously a bit furious he went to Modena to complain about the low quality part used in a Ferrari. Enzo Ferrari being quite an arrogant man, said Ferrucio was a farmer and the problem was with him, not the car.
Ferrucio was insulted and vowed to build a car worthy of beating a Ferrari. His efforts and revenge have resulted in the creation and development of among the most powerful, well renowned cars which really give Ferrari a run for its money, even to this day.
This was how Lamborghini was born!
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The real Count of Monte Cristo sought revenge on the people who locked him up for being a spy.
Pierre Picaud was his name, better known as the real Count of Monte Cristo. It is largely believed to have inspired the protagonist in Alexandre Dumas' novel " The count of Monte Cristo."
He was a 19th-Century shoemaker, living in the south of France, who became engaged to a wealthy woman. Sounds pretty normal, right? Well, this engagement angered Pierre's friends, who were jealous. They falsely accused him of being an English spy, and Pierre was thrown into the Fenestrelle fortress for seven whole years. Yeah, that's right. These so called "friends" were pretty damn ruthless.
Well, as you can imagine, when Pierre was released he was pissed. He went on a 10-year killing spree, murdering the men who betrayed him in the first place. One of his friends, called Loupian, had even married his former fiancee while he was locked up. What did Pierre do? He tricked Loupian's daughter into marrying a criminal, who he then had arrested, before burning down Loupian's restaurant, and killing Loupian.
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The Jewish Nakam poisoned 400 Nazi War Criminals with bread containing Arsenic.
In the aftermath of the Holocaust, there was some (understandable) resentment. Enough that some Jewish groups wanted to exact their own revenge. One of the most infamous groups seeking vengeance was a group called the "Nakam," or "The Jewish Avengers." Their name derived from the phrase "Dam Yehudi Nakam" which translates to "Jewish blood will be avenged." They set about assissinating Nazi war criminals in Germany, through none other than simple loafs of bread.
Some 3,000 loaves of bread were allegedly poisoned and sent to former SS guards in the American PoW camp. 1,900 prisoners became ill with arsenic poisoning, and 400 died.
As a side note, Nakam admitted that it wasn't even close to what they really wanted to do. They intended to kill 6 million Germans by poisoning the water supplies of Berlin, Munic, Nuremberg, and Hamburg.
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An Indian Sex Offender Was Castrated And Murdered By 200 Women He Allegedly Raped... While Standing In The Dock During His Trial
It was August 13, 2004. A trial was taking place in Kasturba Nagar, India, involving a man called Akku Yadav, who had been charged with raping Usha Narayane.
Yet, this was not the only victim of Akku Yadav. More than 200 women had come forward as rape survivors of Yadav, and after 10 years, these women were angry. Many of them had been laughed at and dismissed by police when they reported. So, it was at this trial that they took the law into their own hands.
Akku Yadav stood on a dock during his trial. A mob of 200 women descended upon the court, darting past horrified officials and pushing Yadav to the ground. They threw chilli powder in his face, hurled stones at him, and sliced off his penis with a vegetable knife. His body eventually had over 70 stab wounds when the mobs finally dispersed. Needless to say, he didn't live another day.
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