I posted earlier on how implausible it is to have so much accurate speech in the Bible. Commenter epeeist added this anecdote:
A slightly different take, and one that I have described elsewhere.
When I was much younger, I went to Leeds Polytechnic. One February evening, I was waiting at the bus stop when one of the people in the queue collapsed. One of the other people in the queue covered him with his coat while I ran to the nearest phone box to call an ambulance (this was very much before the days of mobile phones).
When I got back to the bus-stop there were a number of people talking to a policeman who had stopped to see what had happened (the police headquarters were nearby). There were a number of stories that were being told, including one in which I had hit the man and done a runner, another had the man being clipped by a bus mirror. It took a long while to convince the policeman that not only were these stories not true, but the majority of the people telling them hadn’t been at the bus-stop or seen the incident in the first place.
If people can make up stories about something that happened a few minutes in the past, think about what they will make up about incidents that happened decades in the past.
[Fun fact: I went to the Univerity of Leeds just next door, though Leeds Poly was then called Leeds Metropolitan University as all polytechnics were converted into universities.]
Commenter al kimeea replied: