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 he would start by working his way across the USA from south to
On his first day, he was inside a church taking photos when he noticed a
golden telephone mounted on the wall with a sign that read "$10,000 a 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 $10,000
you could talk to God.
The American thanked the priest and went along his way.
Well, the next stop was 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 purpose was.
She told him it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10,000 he could
talk to God.
"Okay, thank you" said the American.
He then travelled to Indianapolis, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, New
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 golden telephone.
But this time the sign under it read "40 cents a call".
The American was surprised, so he asked a priest about the sign.
"Father, I've travelled all over America and I've seen the same golden
telephone in many churches, but in the US the price was $10,000 a call".
The priest smiled and answered, "You're in Australia now, son. It's a local
So there you are, confirmation. This is God's country. We should remember
We had a great Australia Day.