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.
Music from epidemicsound.com "Dubstep Mammoth 2" "Finally Here (Instrumental)" "The Last Arrival" "Sundown Love (Instrumental)"



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Andrew Vario
Andrew Vario घंटे पहले
He looked like he was going to die in the start
Queen. Kristal
Queen. Kristal 5 घंटे पहले
Lol dangerous
Skylar Tharp
Skylar Tharp 7 घंटे पहले
What are shade balls
Dylan Chadderton
Dylan Chadderton 9 घंटे पहले
"obviously you can't swim in the drinking water" yeah, but you can drive a gas powered boat in it?
Beastmode567954 9 घंटे पहले
"Alotta balls in my face" -Veritasium
Kevin Toons
Kevin Toons दिन पहले
Why can’t you swim in a drinking reseuar but you can ride a boat in it
Kaine Ellsworth
Kaine Ellsworth 2 दिन पहले
3:45 that’s what she said
The Meme Doctor
The Meme Doctor 2 दिन पहले
4:40 anyone on a swim team, look at his hands
Aldo 3 दिन पहले
Who cleaned up the mess????
Squared Circle
Squared Circle 4 दिन पहले
What did you do with them after!!?
This man is very UGLY but he's got some serious Brain
Elin 4 दिन पहले
"Its a drinking reservoir OBVIOUSLY YOU CANT SWIM IN IT" RESERVOIR WORKERS - lets sail a boat in it, the motor oils wont do any hArM
Invisible. btw
Invisible. btw 4 दिन पहले
Shut up thats really cool but so climatedamaging all the plastic
Greystorm1619 4 दिन पहले
This is my Dream
Frøsted Sky
Frøsted Sky 4 दिन पहले
Samuel Raiche
Samuel Raiche 5 दिन पहले
So did you ever manage to get them out😂
Ardi 5 दिन पहले
Him: very smart guy Also him: let me just run over the shade balls
Peter Cordes
Peter Cordes 3 दिन पहले
Pretty sure that was *only* because of a youtube comment on the last video where someone asked. It was one of the ones he showed at the beginning of this. Of course he knows it's not going to work, but it's fun to see exactly how completely it fails to work. It's reasonable to wonder if you might get a tiny bit of support for one step, vs. being exactly like trying to run on regular water. Reminds me of the Mythbusters testing running on water with wide shoes, and some track sprinters to power their feet into the water. Again total failure.
zZiL341yRj736 5 दिन पहले
Patreon supporters don't have better places they can donate money to? This just seems like a waste. To each his own I guess.
Jilliana Nido
Jilliana Nido 5 दिन पहले
Yes that’s scary oh hey what happened to him oh he drowned in a hot tub filled with shade balls
Zon 5 दिन पहले
every time he messes up the perfectly stacked row of balls I cringe so hard.
EthanPlaysYT 6 दिन पहले
3:26 vue cinemas bass drop
cleetu s
cleetu s 6 दिन पहले
Do a pool filled with jello
James Emirzian Waldementer
James Emirzian Waldementer 6 दिन पहले
Operation Dark River
Michael James
Michael James 6 दिन पहले
Does the shade balls pollute the ocean
BangGamer 1338 YT VN/ENG
BangGamer 1338 YT VN/ENG 6 दिन पहले
If drowning, this one useful Or not. Maybe?
Mango! Animates
Mango! Animates 6 दिन पहले
*when racist came over and invade america*
Z Z 6 दिन पहले
8:12 LOL
Bill Sabado
Bill Sabado 7 दिन पहले
I thought IN-vid was recommending me a snuff film
NiKKo_xD 7 दिन पहले
The pain is gettin em out
Mtt Lsa
Mtt Lsa 7 दिन पहले
you can't swim in it because is a drinking reservoir but you can drive a boat?
skudzer1985 7 दिन पहले
Just a few bros playing with their balls in the pool.
Lil Shadow
Lil Shadow 7 दिन पहले
So no one is gonna comment that hes gobna sigh 10000 shade balls 10000 is a lot even 1 a day would still take 90 years I think
TGC Fortnite Clan
TGC Fortnite Clan 7 दिन पहले
It’s like venom eating your pool
Kushman 420 TV
Kushman 420 TV 7 दिन पहले
Gota swim in shade balls
Nolan Games
Nolan Games 8 दिन पहले
*no did you see how mr incredible was with them*
NOMASAN 8 दिन पहले
what do you do with 10.000 shade balls? SHADE BALL CANNON / LAUNCHER
NOMASAN 8 दिन पहले
if the shade balls were more... rough i guess... they might have the ability to stay in the crystal shape. so you could walk on it.
NOMASAN 8 दिन पहले
pause at 6:01... for a mildly terrifying image
NOMASAN 8 दिन पहले
I am getting a lot of balls in my face... that's something i didn't expect
ReisLouis 8 दिन पहले
it looks like caviar 😂
GJ SIX 8 8 दिन पहले
It looks like negro spawn.
AdamK 2099
AdamK 2099 8 दिन पहले
How the hell did u get them out?
Samuel James
Samuel James 8 दिन पहले
I automaticly thought about that scene from incredibles when I saw this
사루사루 8 दिन पहले
시발 유튜브 알고리즘
Jiro Matias
Jiro Matias 8 दिन पहले
Hey can you walk to the shade balls
Best freind With a cat
Best freind With a cat 8 दिन पहले
I thought I was dumb😂😂🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️
cyvelle nikko marcera
cyvelle nikko marcera 8 दिन पहले
amazing 👌
ValiantsFelines McCarty
ValiantsFelines McCarty 9 दिन पहले
Hitman: Bodies go in LA Reservoir. They use shade balls & can't see 'em anymore! Only way they'll ever know is when something tastes funny in the drinking water.
ponchinpollo 9 दिन पहले
this video gave me so much anxiety
Hyper Sans
Hyper Sans 9 दिन पहले
I would like to buy your signed balls please.
Martin Verner
Martin Verner 9 दिन पहले
I brought some of my old college buddies over so we can get balls in our face one more time!
Sarom Son
Sarom Son 10 दिन पहले
It’s looks like giant boba who else agrees? 👇
Kostas5807 8 दिन पहले
I subbed you pls sub me
Tenderizer17 10 दिन पहले
The question I have, is how much light is blocked out by two layers of shade balls. A lot of light gets through so I'm not sure it'd block algae.
Vince Gruss
Vince Gruss 10 दिन पहले
Why is it dangerous
Eviegamergg 123
Eviegamergg 123 10 दिन पहले
2:13 Quote of the year peeps. Quote of the year
Isaac Naughton
Isaac Naughton 11 दिन पहले
So much awesome physics here: Lattice/crystalline formation, drag, light interference patterns, fluid dynamics.. the list goes on.
John Doe
John Doe 11 दिन पहले
Just hold your breath and swim totally under them. Come up for air as needed. Heck, with some scuba gear and kalashnikovs you could set up an excellent ambush under these things. They block heat and light, so the enemy can't see you.
Jim Druckenmiller
Jim Druckenmiller 12 दिन पहले
You forgot to test what it's like to preform a 'Belly Flop' off of a diving board. Would the shade balls shoot out to the the side with the incoming flopper? Or does the diver bounce back up off the balls and declare that it's probably pretty similar to diving onto a concrete driveway?
Jr the gamer Jason
Jr the gamer Jason 13 दिन पहले
Jr the gamer Jason
Jr the gamer Jason 13 दिन पहले
What would happen if you swam in a pool full of shade balls without water
Julian Wanless
Julian Wanless 13 दिन पहले
Signing each one? Wow that's a lot of signing, about 30 years if you do one every day
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