I don’t know if you remember being a kid. Maybe you have kids, in which case you will probably understand. But kids lie. A lot. They make up crazy things that only other kids would believe because kids are stupid. Kids tell ridiculous stories and weave impossible tales that are so memorable but also so incredibly bogus.
Do you remember a lie a kid told you when you were little? When I was in kindergarten, my best friend told me she knew someone who knew someone who fell down one of those metal grates in New York City and died. Did I believe her? Heck yeah! Was it true? There is almost zero chance of that. And 25 years later, I am still haunted by the idea of falling down a metal grate. As an adult, it is usually fairly easy to tell when a kid is lying through their crooked teeth, but when you are a little kid, you aren’t smart enough to be skeptical.