It seems that a man in Topeka, Kansas, decided to
write a book about
churches around the world, and thought that the place to start,
he was American, would be the United States, and with that in
decided to fly to San Francisco, and start working east from
- He goes to the very large Grace Cathedral in that city and
taking photographs, etc., when he suddenly spots a golden
telephone on a
wall with a sign which reads $10,000 a minute.
Intrigued, he seeks out the priest and asks about the phone and
The priest advises him that this golden phone is, in fact, a
to Heaven and, if he wants to use it, he can talk directly to
"Thank you very much", says he and continues on his way.
- His next stop is Clinton, Nebraska, and while attending a church
notices that there is exactly the same type of phone, with
same sign on it. Again, he seeks out the parish priest, asks the
question, and again is told that it is a direct line to God,
the priest and continues on his way.
- Next in Milwaukee and Chicago, two cities rather close together,
discovers exactly the same type of phone with exactly the same
beside it; makes inquiries of the local priests and receives
same answer. Again, he thanks them and moves on his way. Arriving
York, he goes into the Cathedral of St. John, the Divine. The
telephone is on the wall with the same sign reading$10,000.00
a minute. He checks with the Dean of the Cathedral, and gets
the same answer.
- Continuing on through many other states, he finds the same phone,
sign and gets the same answer, until, finally, he arrives in
entering St Ignatius in Houghton, lo and behold, he sees the usual
telephone with a sign. But THIS time, the sign reads "Calls 25
By now fascinated, he gets hold of the Bishop and says to him,
I have been in cities all across the country, and in each church I
this golden telephone, was told that it was a direct line to
and that I could talk to God, but, in all the other churches
country, it was $10,000.00 a minute. Your sign reads .25 cents a
- The Bishop smiles benignly at him and says "Oh, my son, that's
easy to explain. You see, you're now in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
course, it's a local call from here."
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