for a set of further examples, there is the tendency of the human race to give credit where it isn't due. discoveries are almost never credited to the person who actually made them. and when we consider people to be geniuses (whether scientific, military, political, etc.), that is largely a function of luck and the dumb human need to worship heroes.
you see what I mean? the good stories are all bullshit.
If the workers take a notion,They can stop all speeding trains;Every ship upon the oceanThey can tie with mighty chains.Every wheel in the creation,Every mine and every mill,Fleets and armies of the nation,Will at their command stand still.