"An optical fiber is like a hose which delivers joules of EM energy instead of gallons of water, and where the flow rate of this energy is expressed in joules per second (watts) rather than gallons per second."
"Optical fiber is like a highway, but without the inconvenience of traffic jams."
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.