According to mycologist Bryce Kendrick’s book “The Fifth Kingdom”, P. tinctorius has been sometimes called “the ugliest fungus in the world”. I think that’s a bit unfair given its spectacular internal appearance and rather bland (although indisputably scatalogical) facade. I can think of several arguably more deserving fungi. He also notes that the puffballs can be used in “a hot-weather version of a snowball fight” . Which, in my opinion, may well be the nerdiest snowball fight in the world.