An American decided to write a book about famous churches
> around the
> world, so he bought a plane ticket and took a trip to Rome .
> 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
> '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'