"The first public announcement of the Eternal Network appeared in a poster published in April 1968 by Robert Filliou and George Brecht and subsequently mailed to their network of correspondents. The impetus for launching the Eternal Network and the context in which its conceptual structure was shaped are intimately tied to the closing of Filliou's and Brecht's "non-shop," the Cédille qui Sourit, located in a small fishing village in the south of France and in existence from 1965-68.  About the purpose of the Cédille Filliou stated, "we conceived the Cédille qui Sourit as an international center of permanent creation, and so it turned out to be. We played games, invented and disinvented objects, corresponded with the humble and mighty, drank and talked with our neighbors, manufactured and sold by correspondence suspense poems and rebuses, started to compile an anthology of misunderstandings and an anthology of jokes"  The Cédille was never commercially registered and was opened to visitors only upon request."
-- Stephen Perkins