Regardless of whether it was true or not, it was funny.
And heaven knows, we need to distract ourselves, even for a moment, to forget the current state of affairs on our beautiful planet.
And as stated in the Wikipedia article, there is a teachable lesson to learned in that, "[this example] is often used it simply as a parable teaching the dangers of inflexibility and self-importance, or the need for situational awareness."
Kalina... I just want you to know that I always give everyone an upvote/one thumbs up for every comment they make. Unfortunately, there is someone who believes that downvoting my posts, and the commenters' comments, is a productive use of their time.