Can You Swim in Shade Balls?

  • Published on Jun 13, 2019
  • 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 "Dubstep Mammoth 2" "Finally Here (Instrumental)" "The Last Arrival" "Sundown Love (Instrumental)"

Comments • 21 638

  • Сергей Павлов

    give me please 1 balls = )

  • 5oo metors
    5oo metors 7 hours ago

    4:19 what a turtle beach mike sounds like when pluging it in

  • 5oo metors
    5oo metors 7 hours ago

    Here some asma 8:02

  • RiskAttack
    RiskAttack 9 hours ago

    3:43 😐

  • Shugrrr Shark
    Shugrrr Shark 10 hours ago

    What is a Shade ball?

  • VidsWithRiah
    VidsWithRiah 12 hours ago

    Him: my friends are better swimmers
    His friend: *bellyflops*

  • VidsWithRiah
    VidsWithRiah 12 hours ago

    Why didn't he cuff his hands when freestyle.

  • Crafty Girl
    Crafty Girl 15 hours ago +1

    My question is how is he gonna get them out

  • jerbear gaming
    jerbear gaming 15 hours ago

    what ar shade balls

  • killerblob undead
    killerblob undead 17 hours ago

    It is just me or at 5:57 its odly satisfying

  • Nathan Bryan
    Nathan Bryan 18 hours ago

    what is a shade ball?

  • sherlyn rivera
    sherlyn rivera 19 hours ago

    THAT IS SO COOLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LifeWithLonna periodt
    LifeWithLonna periodt 20 hours ago

    and i thought he was gonna drown

  • LifeWithLonna periodt
    LifeWithLonna periodt 20 hours ago

    why are they called shade balls?

  • Joseph Christian Cuyugan

    Can i have one of those?

  • Riley Chalmers
    Riley Chalmers Day ago

    He swam perfectly how can he not swim?

  • Pazelloxu
    Pazelloxu Day ago

    They look like Tapioca Pearls or Boba.

  • Amy Alley
    Amy Alley Day ago

    for some reason this will make me scared soo i wont do it

  • Omar Siddiqi
    Omar Siddiqi Day ago +1

    Balls are in the mail!!!!!! And I'm getting one! ✌️😍🥰😀😁😎

  • Kate Caldwell
    Kate Caldwell Day ago +1

    “A lotta balls in my face”
    Micheal Scott... THATS WHAT SHE SAID!!

  • TheBattleBro
    TheBattleBro Day ago

    Its like he is in a giant bowl of cocoa puffs

  • Dusty Honey
    Dusty Honey Day ago

    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

    good luck with cleaning that up

  • pingcheng zuo
    pingcheng zuo Day ago

    I just became one of Chlorine because I wanted to have a shadow ball. PLEASE

  • Jordynn Hemphill

    Balls in my face.....

  • Čøøkīės n' Çrëam

    3:44 That will be are future full of plastic...

  • Nebosvod gonzalez

    just Recycle them

  • Michael Ganzer
    Michael Ganzer 2 days ago

    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
    Emely 2 days ago


  • Emely
    Emely 2 days ago

    What are shade balls?

  • shelbel82
    shelbel82 2 days ago

    I live in Alabama so we don't get a lot

  • Michael Anderson
    Michael Anderson 2 days ago +1

    Alright, you’re kind of throwing some shade at us with this one.

  • Live By Faith
    Live By Faith 2 days ago

    It look like a boba tea lol

  • Nutella
    Nutella 2 days ago +1

    Nobody gonna talk about how he jumped so far?

  • Mark Thompson
    Mark Thompson 2 days ago


  • PorkNotBeef
    PorkNotBeef 2 days ago

    The near perfect alignment of those balls and the amount of sound is trippin' me out.

  • Paul Kinder
    Paul Kinder 2 days ago

    Just be honest....the thought of all those black balls made you horney.

  • iTravel Sports
    iTravel Sports 2 days ago

    How coooool!

  • cmdeane
    cmdeane 2 days ago

    what a waste of money

  • Whitney Sims
    Whitney Sims 3 days ago

    Y does this remind me of co co puffs😂

  • NotCharging
    NotCharging 3 days ago +2

    Wait...couldn’t you just put shade balls over your pool in the winter with a tarp?

  • Blobby YT
    Blobby YT 3 days ago

    Its bad for the nature because its plastic

  • Ava Gomez
    Ava Gomez 3 days ago

    this just gave me anxiety

  • Vorcefull Vorce
    Vorcefull Vorce 3 days ago

    How u get them all out

  • Herbert Coleman
    Herbert Coleman 3 days ago

    I hope I'm not too late to get a shade ball.

  • Shade Jamison
    Shade Jamison 3 days ago +1

    😶 "Shade" balls.....
    My name is shade....

  • A Youtuber
    A Youtuber 3 days ago

    His poor wrist, imagine signing something 10,000 times

  • Candy Lover
    Candy Lover 3 days ago

    Do NOT do this at home😉👍

  • Faux Falconry
    Faux Falconry 3 days ago

    This made my asthma cry on the inside

  • best videos
    best videos 3 days ago

    I need please .....

  • Paula J
    Paula J 3 days ago


  • Jessie Dizon
    Jessie Dizon 3 days ago

    Did you using it to create static energy with chargeable battery inside it goes through a static inside a spinning thing that create static like a duster it creates static when using it so this spinning thing are like that to creating static when its fully charge the battery goes in one collected area of the ball that fully charge again in this collected ball here is the ball with chargeable battery are being drained of its static energy then it goes back again to the spinning static to charge the chargeable battery in the collected ball this are going to spinning like a spiral or drill that fits one ball going back to the spinning static to charge again when the chargeable battery are used as a electricity up the spiral like drill will push it back to spinning static to charge again? ⚡🔆👽

  • Killer Kat
    Killer Kat 3 days ago

    I'm gonna be a hater here for a second but I have been swimming for almost 8 years now and their swimming wash TERRIBLE
    I am not a hater it just really annoyed me. I seriously love this channel so pls don't kill meh!

    FLEX BOI 4 days ago +1

    The question is how is going to get them out

  • Murugesan A
    Murugesan A 4 days ago +1

    Brother can you do a video on qantum entanglement

  • Saikumar Bunny
    Saikumar Bunny 4 days ago

    It's not 91% .... It's only
    π/4 ~ 78%
    Any thoughts?

  • Naima M. Ali
    Naima M. Ali 4 days ago

    you know what i think? i think david dobrik should totally buy this.

  • Nappypuff
    Nappypuff 4 days ago

    thiis was the most beautiful fluid mosaic ever

  • Lavina Coleman
    Lavina Coleman 4 days ago

    3:46 no homo

  • osamr toro
    osamr toro 4 days ago


  • Geovanni Franco
    Geovanni Franco 4 days ago

    Oof ion think u can bc dats a lot of shade oooo I swear am cringe af

  • Arissa Aispuro
    Arissa Aispuro 4 days ago

    thank u for the clarification ig i won’t be buying 10,000 giant black olives to fill my pool if it’s gonna make it hard for me to swim

  • goth lust
    goth lust 4 days ago

    How much were all those shade balls ?

  • sinekonata
    sinekonata 4 days ago

    Veritasium : The science of shade balls.
    Me : unsubscribe.
    Click bait fish : OMG subscribe.

  • Strawberrycake*-*
    Strawberrycake*-* 4 days ago

    So what’s the purpose of the balls?

  • Jacob the Fishermen99

    That would take me a long time to clean up

  • Savannah Lada
    Savannah Lada 4 days ago +1

    You should make a giant boba tea drink with those😂😂😂

  • Leonid Romanov
    Leonid Romanov 4 days ago

    So, are they like Higgs boson?

  • Charles Mendez
    Charles Mendez 5 days ago

    3:45 he loves it

  • Tyrese James
    Tyrese James 5 days ago

    i cant become one of your because my family is pore and i cant even give you dollar sorry love you tho i hope i cant get one f those balls 😢😢😢😢😢