"Using metaphors in e-learning is like taking an elevator. While you can certainly walk up the steps to the get to the 25th floor, getting a ride helps save time and energy."
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.