From Ohio History Central
On March 30, 1971, Cincinnati, Ohio, inventor Donald B. Poynter received a patent for his "Incredible Creeping Golf Ball." Poynter's ball resembled a typical golf ball, but a switch on the ball, which a golfer activated with his or her club, would cause claws to emerge from the ball. The ball would then begin to crawl around the green. By 1971, Poynter had sold more than 100,000 of his Incredible Creeping Golf Balls, including one to Ohioan and comedian Bob Hope, who used the ball to trick Ohio golfer Jack Nicklaus.