Can You Swim in Shade Balls?

  • Publicado em 13 Jun 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)"

Comentários • 22 162

  • Andrew Vario
    Andrew Vario 3 horas atrás

    He looked like he was going to die in the start

  • Queen. Kristal
    Queen. Kristal 6 horas atrás

    Lol dangerous

  • Skylar Tharp
    Skylar Tharp 9 horas atrás

    What are shade balls

  • Dylan Chadderton
    Dylan Chadderton 11 horas atrás

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

  • Beastmode567954
    Beastmode567954 11 horas atrás

    "Alotta balls in my face"

  • Kevin Toons
    Kevin Toons Dia atrás +1

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

  • Kaine Ellsworth
    Kaine Ellsworth 2 dias atrás

    3:45 that’s what she said

  • The Meme Doctor
    The Meme Doctor 2 dias atrás

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

  • Aldo
    Aldo 3 dias atrás

    Who cleaned up the mess????

  • Squared Circle
    Squared Circle 4 dias atrás

    What did you do with them after!!?

    HAROON MUSHTAQ 4 dias atrás

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

  • Elin
    Elin 4 dias atrás +9

    "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 dias atrás

    Shut up thats really cool but so climatedamaging all the plastic

  • Greystorm1619
    Greystorm1619 4 dias atrás

    This is my Dream

  • Frøsted Sky
    Frøsted Sky 4 dias atrás


  • Samuel Raiche
    Samuel Raiche 5 dias atrás

    So did you ever manage to get them out😂

  • Ardi
    Ardi 5 dias atrás +4

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

    • Peter Cordes
      Peter Cordes 3 dias atrás

      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 5 dias atrás

    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 dias atrás +1

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

  • Zon
    Zon 5 dias atrás +1

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

  • EthanPlaysYT
    EthanPlaysYT 6 dias atrás

    3:26 vue cinemas bass drop

  • cleetu s
    cleetu s 6 dias atrás

    Do a pool filled with jello

  • James Emirzian Waldementer

    Operation Dark River

  • Michael James
    Michael James 6 dias atrás

    Does the shade balls pollute the ocean

  • BangGamer 1338 YT VN/ENG
    BangGamer 1338 YT VN/ENG 6 dias atrás

    If drowning, this one useful

    Or not. Maybe?

  • Mango! Animates
    Mango! Animates 6 dias atrás

    *when racist came over and invade america*

  • Z Z
    Z Z 6 dias atrás

    8:12 LOL

  • Bill Sabado
    Bill Sabado 7 dias atrás

    I thought BRclip was recommending me a snuff film

  • NiKKo_xD
    NiKKo_xD 7 dias atrás

    The pain is gettin em out

  • Mtt Lsa
    Mtt Lsa 7 dias atrás +1

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

  • skudzer1985
    skudzer1985 7 dias atrás

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

  • Lil Shadow
    Lil Shadow 7 dias atrás

    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 dias atrás

    It’s like venom eating your pool

  • Kushman 420 TV
    Kushman 420 TV 8 dias atrás

    Gota swim in shade balls

  • Nolan Games
    Nolan Games 8 dias atrás

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

    NOMASAN 8 dias atrás

    what do you do with 10.000 shade balls?

    NOMASAN 8 dias atrás

    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 dias atrás

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

    NOMASAN 8 dias atrás

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

  • ReisLouis
    ReisLouis 8 dias atrás

    it looks like caviar 😂

    • GJ SIX 8
      GJ SIX 8 8 dias atrás

      It looks like negro spawn.

  • AdamK 2099
    AdamK 2099 8 dias atrás

    How the hell did u get them out?

  • Samuel James
    Samuel James 8 dias atrás

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

  • 사루사루
    사루사루 8 dias atrás

    시발 유튜브 알고리즘

  • Jiro Matias
    Jiro Matias 8 dias atrás

    Hey can you walk to the shade balls

  • Best freind With a cat
    Best freind With a cat 8 dias atrás

    I thought I was dumb😂😂🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️

  • cyvelle nikko marcera
    cyvelle nikko marcera 8 dias atrás

    amazing 👌

  • ValiantsFelines McCarty
    ValiantsFelines McCarty 9 dias atrás

    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 9 dias atrás

    this video gave me so much anxiety

  • Hyper Sans
    Hyper Sans 9 dias atrás

    I would like to buy your signed balls please.

  • Martin Verner
    Martin Verner 9 dias atrás

    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 dias atrás +7

    It’s looks like giant boba who else agrees?

  • Tenderizer17
    Tenderizer17 10 dias atrás

    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 dias atrás +1

    Why is it dangerous

  • Eviegamergg 123
    Eviegamergg 123 10 dias atrás +1

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

  • Isaac Naughton
    Isaac Naughton 11 dias atrás +3

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

  • John Doe
    John Doe 12 dias atrás +1

    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 dias atrás

    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 dias atrás


  • Jr the gamer Jason
    Jr the gamer Jason 13 dias atrás

    What would happen if you swam in a pool full of shade balls without water

  • Julian Wanless
    Julian Wanless 13 dias atrás

    Signing each one? Wow that's a lot of signing, about 30 years if you do one every day