"Parasites are like unwanted guests who eat your food, leave trash on the floor, and throw the day-to-day functions on your household completely out of kilter."
"Parasites are like weeds ... while a weed is just a plant you don't want where it is, a parasite is just an organism that, for the most part, you don't want."
"Parasites are like hackers, they look for ways to make a system work against itself."
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.