When I was in primary school I had a friend who claimed that his grandfather, fighting in World War II, had once seen Hitler kill a child. I found this very unlikely even then, and rather silly. When I challenged my friend on this, he just asked me if I was saying his granddad was a liar. I can’t remember what I replied.
In any case, I was reminded of this today when I saw the following on the BBC website:
I found the headline to have a strangely childish quality, until I read the text underneath and realised I’d misparsed it.