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The Golden Telephone

An Australian decided to write a book about famous churches around the world. So he bought a plane ticket and took a trip to England thinking that he would start by working his way across Europe.

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 call".

The Australian, 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 Australian thanked the priest and went along his way.

Next stop was in France . 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 England 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 he could talk to God.

"O.K., thank you," said the Australian.

He then traveled to Spain , Italy, Germany , Sweden and Czech Republic . In every church he saw the same golden telephone with the same "$10,000 per call" sign under it. The Australian, upon leaving the Netherlands , decided to travel to Greece to see if Greeks had the same phone.

He arrived in Greece , and again, in the first church he entered, there was the same golden telephone, but this time the sign under it read, "$0.40 cents per call."

The Australian was surprised so he asked the priest about the sign.

"Father, I've traveled all over Europe and I've seen this same golden telephone in many churches. I'm told that it is a direct line to Heaven, but in all of Europe the price was $10,000 per call. Why is it so cheap here?"

The priest smiled and answered, "You're in Greece now, my son - it's a local call".