The title is a clever line often heard in the frum world when someone questions the accuracy of fantastic gadol stories. (It seems itwas originally applied to the Chofetz Chaim by a lawyer.) It's meant to imply that even if the story isn't completely true, the fact that such stories are told indicate the greatness of the person they are told about.
I came across a list of the supposed accomplishments of North Korea's late leader, Kim Jong Il. Among them:
- His birth was foretold by a swallow and heralded by a double rainbow. When he was born, a new star appeared in the night sky.
- The first time he picked up a golf club, he shot 11 holes-in-one. He then decided to retire from the sport for ever.
- Kim has the ability to alter the weather simply through the power of thought.
- He had learned to walk at just 3 weeks and was talking at 8 weeks.
- As a junior high school pupil in Pyongyang, he corrected and chastised his teachers for their incorrect interpretations of history.
Are these stories true? I don't know, but they don't tell stories like that about you and me.