Analogies always tickle me. They’re like bubbles: shiny, a little wobbly, fun to make, and even more fun to pop.
They’re the best because they make no sense. They’re the best because they prompt you to go “Huh? What could that possibly mean?” They’re the best because, they show that math really is the language of the universe, and hilarious things happen when you try to translate the universe into English.
When I say “the universe,” I don’t mean black holes, quasars, and the whole cosmological freak show at the far edges of space. I’m talking about stuff we know. Matter. Light. Gravity. Electricity. Even these things, which we fold with a bored yawn into our most mindless routines… even these things are so damn weird that we can’t really describe them in plain English. We’ve got only two options: fancy math or gibberish analogies.