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Ending the week on an upswing, here are five things that brought a smile (or a smirk) to our faces this week. Agree or disagree?

While these things may not bring evoke a "laugh out loud," and one or two may make you shake your head as you smile, you have to admit it's been a heck of a week.

First, although Pope Benedict XVI resigning Monday was not funny at all, at least one late-night comedian found humor in the speculation of his possible replacement with one of my favorite targets.

David Letterman said, "And they're looking busy looking for replacements. And the smart money is on Tim Tebow. What?! Really? No, no, not Tim Tebow at all."

By the way, Huffington Post is reporting that Tim Tebow may not be getting a lot of attention on the field as the New York Jets' backup quarterback, but he's certainly receiving a lot of buzz off of it, most recently with the announcement of an upcoming speaking engagement at a controversial Dallas, Texas, megachurch.

Tebow is slated to speak on April 28 at 9:15 a.m. during a Sunday worship service of the First Baptist Dallas, according to the church's website. The church is virulently anti-gay and anti-Semitic. I am sure that will make him popular with millions of people...not.

Second, according to and the Twitter-verse, Florida's junior U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio apparently worked up a "powerful thirst Monday night while rebutting the most powerful man on the planet. As he carved up President Barack Obama's State of the Union address with the official Republican counterattack, he started to choke on a few of his talking points, thanks to a dry throat."

"Luckily, he was prepared, and not only did he quench his thirst, but the water peddlers at Poland Spring got a product placement out of it. The clumsy reach -- to his left, no less -- lit up Twitter, making Poland Spring a trending topic nationwide."

Thursday was Valentine's Day so what better way to end the day than with WKYC-TV's co-anchors Robin Swoboda and Jim Donovan exchanging Valentines? The light-hearted exchange was characteristic of the daily 7 p.m. newscast.

Fourth, USAToday reports that NASA says that an asteroid half the size of a football field will pass remarkably close by Earth Friday, but have no fear. Astronomers say we're in the clear.

Zooming along at 17,450 mph, the asteroid, known as 2012DA14 (it doesn't even have an interesting name!), will pass safely between the Earth and the ring of communications satellites that circle 22,300 miles above the planet.

The chances of it smashing into Earth, or an Earth-orbiting satellite, are infinitesimally small, scientists said last week.The asteroid's closest approach to Earth will occur at 2:24 p.m. EST on Friday over the eastern Indian Ocean off Sumatra.

It is too faint to be seen with the naked eye, but professional and amateur astronomers in Europe, Africa and Asia might spot it with telescopes of moderate power.

And fifth (last but certainly not least), I asked the question on my Facebook page Thursday for Valentine's Day if my Facebook friends remembered their very first kiss? Then I posted my own answer: April 14, 1968.

The responses varied, from one friend saying he was only one years old on that date (he sort of missed the point) to another friend saying he remembers the first girl he ever kissed but doesn't remember the exact date.

I know I was not the first girl that boy ever kissed but he remains to this day as the one who kissed the best. Do you remember the first person you ever kissed and when?

Have a great weekend.


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