"In a manner of speaking, Earth's lithosphere is like an eggshell - a thin, hard, brittle outer covering that encases a big mass of go"
"By analogy, the solid lithosphere is like a thick piece of wood that dries and breaks."
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.