In the scheme of making things up, or exaggerating, hoping folks will buy into it there are three basic rules of story-telling you have to follow
: don't have people ask "what the funk?" during the opening paragraph (or sentence!), use the first half of the story/tale the suck people in and get 'em hooked, and have some expectation of it actually being the truth.
And if you don't they'll never buy it.
But I did luv the ending