An Englishman decided to write a book about famous churches around the world.
So he bought a train ticket and took a trip to Plymouth, thinking that he would start by working his way across England 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 call”.
The Englishman, 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 Englishman thanked the priest and went along his way.
Next stop was in Worcester in the English midlands. 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 Plymouth 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 Englishman.
He then traveled to Salisbury, Leeds, Carlisle and Newcastle. In every church he saw the same golden telephone with the same “£10,000 per call” sign under it.
The Englishman, upon leaving Newcastle decided to travel to Scotland to see if the Scots had the same telephone.
He arrived in Glasgow, and again, in the first church he entered, there was the same golden telephone, but this time the sign under it read “40p per call.”
The Englishman was surprised so he asked the priest about the sign.
“Father, I’ve traveled all over England and I’ve seen this same golden telephone in many churches. I’m told that it is a direct line to Heaven, but in England the price was £10,000 per call. Why is it so cheap here?”
The priest smiled and answered, “You’re in Caledonia now, lad – it’s a local call”.