"Many people in the countryside or remote areas never see foreigners before. To them foreigners are like hairy giants that come from a strange world and they don't know what you there for. They are curious about westerners while a little bit shy when being pointed at by cameras."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.