"You can see that, in a way, the genus is like the last name of a person, except that it's in the wrong place. Speaking of Linda Jones, Joe Jones, and Fred Jones is similar to speaking of Baeolophus bicolor, Baeolophus inornatus, and Baeolophus wollweberi."
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.