"Modern flying carpet visits city of Bagdad" (1932). Turns out that the flying carpet is just an airplane, but here's the crucial question: why call an airplane a flying carpet? Why, as vintage Popular Mechanics
did in every issue, refer to scientists as "wizards" and their work as "magical"? The answer is simple: they co-opt mythology and magical lore so as to demystify the world into a very cold place, devoid of metaphor. Sad, colorless, and shallow.