However, a commenter has tipped me the clue about what is happening. It appears that self-immolation -- setting yourself on fire as a form of protest -- is suddenly becoming rather popular, and in fact, spreading in copycat mode. It has happened mainly in North Africa so far, but an episode has also been reported from France.
So. . self-immolation is now a hot topic, burning fiercely in people's minds, and they are avidly seeking information.
I did a Google search on "self-immolation, tunisia". See for yourself what it brings up:
Oh my, what a windfall this has been. For reference, my original blog post about Vasilica Iulian Grosu and Thich Quang Duc, which is pulling in the present torrent of web-surfers, can be seen here: