Tutti dicono che la lana non brucia
Rampant wild fires are common in Sicily and are often the result of arson. People who set the fires often wait till the intense scirocco winds whip up from Africa and rip across the island. These destructive wind storms often last for 3 days and are accompanied by devastating fires. Many conspiracy theories arise about the origins of these fires each year, but one brutal and wide-spread rumor in response to the exceptionally intense fires of 2016 was that arsonists were setting animals like sheep on fire and releasing them to run through the flammable dried brush to spread the flames. This story is alluded to in one of the interior scenes of "Fata Morgana/Mondo Nuovo" in which a figure bears a torch and a flaming lamb runs through the brush of a mediterranean landscape. However, in truth wool is a naturally fire-resistant material. "Tutti dicono che la lana non brucia" translates to "everyone says wool doesn't burn", thus offering a contradiction to the widely-accepted story.