When Dhampy was a child, he would pretend that the puffy bits of dandelions were drop ships dropping soldiers into battle on a massive jungle planet. He'd dash one with his foot and see where the bits floated to and that would be the LZ and then he'd try to get others to land in the same general area and his imagination would show massive battles with lasers and every so often Mechs. The soldiers were like the troops in the book Starship Troopers--not the movie. If you look at the seed pod portion of a dandelion fluff, it looks like the drop pod for MI armored infantry.
I was going to take a screen capture of this awesome highlander drum major from the movie Waterloo, but I forgot and now I'm at work and I'll forget later, so imagine this smilie is a big guy in a giant bearskin shako and a kilt who is waving a six foot tall gold baton around and leading a bunch of bagpipers into battle: