Epidemic: Let me give you an example of a truth you probably wont believe.
I caught a fart and I bottled it. This is absolutely true but I can not prove it. It defies logic so you do not believe me in all likelihood. But that does not make it false.
It was a fluke and of target I was aiming it at my sister and it back fired, however it just had the right density to be bottled, I saw it coming and decided to catch it. It was awesome and fricking hot and sticky. I've got in my cupboard your welcome to come round and have a sniff. It was hardly worth catching, because nobody was watching so I have no witnesses either.
Ummm, what are you trying to say? Do you believe it was impossible for me to have caught my own bullet I fired? It is an absolutely true story for what is is worth.
I don't care one way or the other, even if it's true to you. However it would take evidence to convince me. That was my point. You relating it as a truth is pointless without evidence.
The odds are stacked heavily against it but that is the thing about odds. Every once and a while some one wins despite the odds. It was a billion to one shot that happened to happen on my shooting range.
But only to you, which makes it moot.
But even if you don't believe my story which I completely understand, apply the concept else where to a story that is unbelievable to you at one point and now is fact. some tales told by people are not believed but are absolutely true, they are simply yet to be proven or currently unprovable because the event has passed.
That would not be relevant, as that wasn't my point, without evidence it is non-sensical to demand truth.
If I lived at the time they believed the world was flat, Because I question everything, I would be like ancient Greeks and would be very critical of that mentality. Without evidence I would not accept the claims it was flat.
Also if a story/tale asks me to suspend belief, then it is put to the side as trash.