There is an Italian Proverb which states,
"Long voyages, great lies."
This is like the proverbial "fish story," getting bigger with each telling, however, here, the tale gets further from the truth the longer the trip. Don’t we love to exaggerate! And the more we are encouraged by our audiences, with their "Oohs and Ahs," the more elaborate the story becomes. The truth is, the most popular storytellers must have the wildest imaginations!