"A plant cell is like a water balloon in a cardboard box: The water in the balloon pushes outward and the box pushes inward, creating a strong building block that let plants stand tall. In the dwarf mutant, RG-II strands don't cross-link so the box - or cell wall - is more like soggy cardboard"
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.