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 • 22 166

  • Deanne Poje
    Deanne Poje 3 hours ago

    what are shade balls

  • Yug Soni
    Yug Soni 9 hours ago

    Are there any of these left ? I mean if i join patreon now would you ship one ? Lol I so want one

  • Exploring with Slick
    Exploring with Slick 12 hours ago

    also their good to practice metal mosh pits 🤘

  • Yeeter Nation
    Yeeter Nation 13 hours ago

    😏 swimming in balls...😏

  • Владимир Чапайкин

    _Because of the waves, the balls will knock, especially at sea. It is possible to convert the mechanical energy of the collision of balls into electricity. Has anyone thought of this before?_

  • Andrew Vario
    Andrew Vario Day ago

    He looked like he was going to die in the start

  • Queen. Kristal
    Queen. Kristal Day ago

    Lol dangerous

  • Skylar Tharp
    Skylar Tharp Day ago

    What are shade balls

  • Dylan Chadderton

    "obviously you can't swim in the drinking water" yeah, but you can drive a gas powered boat in it?

  • Beastmode567954
    Beastmode567954 Day ago

    "Alotta balls in my face"

  • Kevin Toons
    Kevin Toons 2 days ago +1

    Why can’t you swim in a drinking reseuar but you can ride a boat in it

  • Kaine Ellsworth
    Kaine Ellsworth 3 days ago

    3:45 that’s what she said

  • The Meme Doctor
    The Meme Doctor 3 days ago

    4:40 anyone on a swim team, look at his hands

  • Aldo
    Aldo 4 days ago

    Who cleaned up the mess????

  • Squared Circle
    Squared Circle 5 days ago

    What did you do with them after!!?

    HAROON MUSHTAQ 5 days ago

    This man is very UGLY but he's got some serious Brain

  • Elin
    Elin 5 days ago +14

    "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 5 days ago

    Shut up thats really cool but so climatedamaging all the plastic

  • Greystorm1619
    Greystorm1619 5 days ago

    This is my Dream

  • Frøsted Sky
    Frøsted Sky 5 days ago


  • Samuel Raiche
    Samuel Raiche 6 days ago

    So did you ever manage to get them out😂

  • Ardi
    Ardi 6 days ago +4

    Him: very smart guy
    Also him: let me just run over the shade balls

    • Peter Cordes
      Peter Cordes 4 days ago

      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
    zZiL341yRj736 6 days ago

    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 6 days ago +1

    Yes that’s scary oh hey what happened to him oh he drowned in a hot tub filled with shade balls

  • Zon
    Zon 6 days ago +1

    every time he messes up the perfectly stacked row of balls I cringe so hard.

  • EthanPlaysYT
    EthanPlaysYT 7 days ago

    3:26 vue cinemas bass drop

  • cleetu s
    cleetu s 7 days ago

    Do a pool filled with jello

  • James Emirzian Waldementer

    Operation Dark River

  • Michael James
    Michael James 7 days ago

    Does the shade balls pollute the ocean

  • BangGamer 1338 YT VN/ENG

    If drowning, this one useful

    Or not. Maybe?

  • Mango! Animates
    Mango! Animates 7 days ago

    *when racist came over and invade america*

  • Z Z
    Z Z 7 days ago

    8:12 LOL

  • Bill Sabado
    Bill Sabado 7 days ago

    I thought TVclip was recommending me a snuff film

  • NiKKo_xD
    NiKKo_xD 8 days ago

    The pain is gettin em out

  • Mtt Lsa
    Mtt Lsa 8 days ago +1

    you can't swim in it because is a drinking reservoir but you can drive a boat?

  • skudzer1985
    skudzer1985 8 days ago

    Just a few bros playing with their balls in the pool.

  • Lil Shadow
    Lil Shadow 8 days ago

    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 8 days ago

    It’s like venom eating your pool

  • Kushman 420 TV
    Kushman 420 TV 8 days ago

    Gota swim in shade balls

  • Nolan Games
    Nolan Games 9 days ago

    *no did you see how mr incredible was with them*

    NOMASAN 9 days ago

    what do you do with 10.000 shade balls?

    NOMASAN 9 days ago

    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 9 days ago

    pause at 6:01...
    for a mildly terrifying image

    NOMASAN 9 days ago

    I am getting a lot of balls in my face...
    that's something i didn't expect

  • ReisLouis
    ReisLouis 9 days ago

    it looks like caviar 😂

    • GJ SIX 8
      GJ SIX 8 9 days ago

      It looks like negro spawn.

  • AdamK 2099
    AdamK 2099 9 days ago

    How the hell did u get them out?

  • Samuel James
    Samuel James 9 days ago

    I automaticly thought about that scene from incredibles when I saw this

  • 사루사루
    사루사루 9 days ago

    시발 유튜브 알고리즘

  • Jiro Matias
    Jiro Matias 9 days ago

    Hey can you walk to the shade balls

  • Best freind With a cat

    I thought I was dumb😂😂🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️

  • cyvelle nikko marcera

    amazing 👌

  • ValiantsFelines McCarty

    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
    ponchinpollo 10 days ago

    this video gave me so much anxiety

  • Hyper Sans
    Hyper Sans 10 days ago

    I would like to buy your signed balls please.

  • Martin Verner
    Martin Verner 10 days ago

    I brought some of my old college buddies over so we can get balls in our face one more time!

  • Sarom Son
    Sarom Son 11 days ago +7

    It’s looks like giant boba who else agrees?

  • Tenderizer17
    Tenderizer17 11 days ago

    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 11 days ago +1

    Why is it dangerous

  • Eviegamergg 123
    Eviegamergg 123 11 days ago +1

    2:13 Quote of the year peeps. Quote of the year

  • Isaac Naughton
    Isaac Naughton 12 days ago +3

    So much awesome physics here: Lattice/crystalline formation, drag, light interference patterns, fluid dynamics.. the list goes on.