""You've got this big cloud of nitrogen gas and you're shooting it around this bend. The heavy nitrogen is like a clunky old school bus. The light nitrogen is like a MINI Cooper or an Indy car. Lighter and more agile, the Indy car makes it around the bend and now you've separated the heavy and light nitrogen, and you have their ratio.""
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.