An American decided to write a
book about famous churches around the world.
So he bought a plane ticket and took a trip to Orlando,
thinking that he would start by working his way across the USA from South to North.
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 "$10,000 per
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 $10,000 you
could talk to God.
The American thanked the priest and went along his way.
Next stop was in Atlanta.
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 Orlando and he asked a nearby nun what its
She told him that it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10,000 he could
talk to God.
"O.K., thank you," said the American.
He then traveled to Indianapolis, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston and New York.
In every church he saw the same golden telephone with the same "$10,000
per call" sign under it.
The American, upon leaving Vermont decided to
travel to AUSTRALIA
to see if Australians had the same phone.
He arrived in Australia,
and again, in the first church he entered, there was the same golden telephone,
but this time the sign under it read "
40 cents per call."
The American was surprised so he asked the priest about the sign.
"Father, I've traveled all over America and I've seen this same
golden telephone in many churches. I'm told that it is a direct line to
Heaven, but in the US
the price was $10,000 per call.
Why is it so cheap here?"
The priest smiled and answered, "You're in Australia now, son - it's a local
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