An American decided to write a book about famous churches
around the world, so he bought a plane ticket and took a trip to
On his first day he was inside a church taking
photographs when he noticed a golden telephone mounted on the wall
with a sign that read Euro 10,000 per call'.
The American, being intrigued, asked a priest who was
strolling by what the telephone was used for.
The priest replied that it was a direct line to heaven
and that for Euro 10,000 you could talk to God.
The American thanked the priest and went along his way.
Next stop was in Moscow . There, at a very large
cathedral, he saw the same golden telephone with the
same sign under it. He wondered if this was
the same kind of telephone he saw in Rome and he asked
a nearby nun what its purpose was.
She told him that it was a direct line to heaven and
that for 10,000 Roubles he could talk to God.
'O.K., thank you,' said the American.
He then travelled to France , Israel , Germany and
Brazil . In every church he saw the same golden telephone with a '10,000
per call' sign under it. The American finally decided to travel to
the UK to see if the British had the same phone.
He arrived in York and again, in the Minster, there
was the same golden telephone, but this time the sign under it
read 20p per call.'
The American was surprised so he asked the priest
about the sign.
'Reverend, I've travelled all over World and
I've seen this same golden telephone in many churches. I'm told
that it is a direct line to Heaven, but everywhere I went the price was $10,000
per call. Why is it so cheap here?'
The priest smiled and answered, you're in Yorkshire now, son - it's a local call'