Can You Swim in Shade Balls?

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I bought 10,000 shade balls and tried to swim in them. They appear to act like a non-Newtonian fluid: rigid under high shear stress, but they flow like a liquid under low shear.
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My sense was that swimming in shade balls would be difficult but still doable. This was roughly true for the single layer of shade balls. The shade balls slide past each other so they act like a liquid, albeit a viscous one owing to their significant inertia. It's much more intense exercise and it's also annoying to be bombarded with shade balls on all sides of your body, particularly your head. With multi-layer shade balls (as exists on much of LA reservoir) things get significantly more difficult. The balls bunch together and when you try to move through them quickly, they become more rigid, providing significant resistance to motion. This has the benefit that you can lie on them and as long as they stay trapped under you, you can float on them. But a little bit of motion causes them to move around and you sink through quickly.
Huge thanks to:
Jordan Schnabel and Cristian Carretero for filming and swimming and providing lifeguard services.
Raquel Nuno for filming and putting up with me.
Special thanks to Patreon supporters:
Donal Botkin, Michael Krugman, Ron Neal, Stan Presolski, Terrance Shepherd, Penward Rhyme and everyone who provided feedback on an early draft of this video.
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Horizon Freeze
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3:44 he prob used to it by now
Marlomen Sarsuelo
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That breaststroke tho
Julia Friedman-Parks
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Why does this Video give me some cool ideas
Vivian Trinh
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Can you REALLY swim in Shade Balls?
GameCorruption's 6 घंटे पहले
can yow run on them
Kid 8v8teR
Kid 8v8teR 7 घंटे पहले
What is a shade ball
Bruna Lopes
Bruna Lopes 10 घंटे पहले
shouldnt the balls be white? black attracks more sunlight therefore more heat
TheLastDogInTown 11 घंटे पहले
3:53 who else saw the drone shadow
princess lib
princess lib 12 घंटे पहले
can you stay under there for 2 min
Rob Anderson
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His guy is like a rip-off Mark Rober
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Freddie Gladwin
Freddie Gladwin 17 घंटे पहले
Try and run across a pool of shade balls
Сергей Павлов
Сергей Павлов 20 घंटे पहले
give me please 1 balls = )
5oo metors
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4:19 what a turtle beach mike sounds like when pluging it in
5oo metors
5oo metors 21 घंटे पहले
Here some asma 8:02
RiskAttack 23 घंटे पहले
3:43 😐
Shugrrr Shark
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What is a Shade ball?
VidsWithRiah दिन पहले
Him: my friends are better swimmers His friend: *bellyflops*
VidsWithRiah दिन पहले
Why didn't he cuff his hands when freestyle.
Crafty Girl
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My question is how is he gonna get them out
jerbear gaming
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what ar shade balls
killerblob undead
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It is just me or at 5:57 its odly satisfying
Nathan Bryan
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what is a shade ball?
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LifeWithLonna periodt
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and i thought he was gonna drown
LifeWithLonna periodt
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why are they called shade balls?
Joseph Christian Cuyugan
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Can i have one of those?
Riley Chalmers
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He swam perfectly how can he not swim?
Pazelloxu दिन पहले
They look like Tapioca Pearls or Boba.
Amy Alley
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for some reason this will make me scared soo i wont do it
Omar Siddiqi
Omar Siddiqi 2 दिन पहले
Balls are in the mail!!!!!! And I'm getting one! ✌️😍🥰😀😁😎
Kate Caldwell
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“A lotta balls in my face” Micheal Scott... THATS WHAT SHE SAID!!
TheBattleBro 2 दिन पहले
Its like he is in a giant bowl of cocoa puffs
Dusty Honey
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It was so beautiful when they showed what it looks from underneath. I’d want to go under all of them just to look at that.
Mercedez Gwinner
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good luck with cleaning that up
pingcheng zuo
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I just became one of Chlorine because I wanted to have a shadow ball. PLEASE
Jordynn Hemphill
Jordynn Hemphill 2 दिन पहले
Balls in my face.....
Čøøkīės n' Çrëam
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3:44 That will be are future full of plastic...
Nebosvod gonzalez
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just Recycle them
Michael Ganzer
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Now, this very video finally made me become one of your Lithium patreons, quite sure to go up the ranks - and a patreon at all for my very first time. Thank you so much for you videos and for your scientific and entertaining insight. Not long ago I watched your personal story. This is when I found myself to understand your deep dig into your own motivation. I'm glad that you've made it so far. Keep up with your good work! I spared a bootle of my selfmade wine for you, just in case I'll ever meet you, I'll bring it along.
Emely 2 दिन पहले
Emely 2 दिन पहले
What are shade balls?
shelbel82 2 दिन पहले
I live in Alabama so we don't get a lot
Michael Anderson
Michael Anderson 3 दिन पहले
Alright, you’re kind of throwing some shade at us with this one.
Live By Faith
Live By Faith 3 दिन पहले
It look like a boba tea lol
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Nobody gonna talk about how he jumped so far?
Mark Thompson
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The near perfect alignment of those balls and the amount of sound is trippin' me out.
Paul Kinder
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Just be honest....the thought of all those black balls made you horney.
iTravel Sports
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How coooool!
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