Yesterday, Stephen Hawking gave a lecture at the KULeuven.http://dagkrant.kuleuven.be/?q=node/10169
(starts 45 seconds in ... hope it works outisde of Belgium)
On monday, people queued for hours to get a ticket. The university expected a few hundred people and queues of ... maybe 200 meters.
In stead, THOUSANDS showed up, the queue growing to well over a kilometer. Local police reinforced campus security to keep things civil and to eject queue-jumpers.
You'd think there was a surprise concert from Iron Maiden, AT LEAST, seeing all that.
In the end some 4000 people got to attend and another 3000 were able to watch things on an outdoor big screen.
We loves us, our sience superheroes here in Belgium.