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 • 21 667

  • Shucheng Chao
    Shucheng Chao 21 hora atrás

    I can't believe I actually received a shade ball today! Thank you Derek you are THE BEST!!!!!

  • TheEAtoday
    TheEAtoday 22 horas atrás +1

    HOLY SHEET I actually just got my SHADE BALL in the mail! Thanks! its dope

  • daniel mcCann
    daniel mcCann 22 horas atrás

    Dude keep your fingers together.

  • Monique Doyle
    Monique Doyle Dia atrás

    Anxiety 🥴🥴🥴

  • Cassidy Anthony
    Cassidy Anthony Dia atrás +1

    Roses are red
    Murder is to
    Did I see a drone shadow
    YAY I got a like
    Wait why is it blue

  • Kyan Kohler
    Kyan Kohler Dia atrás

    3:46 thats what she said

  • Kroneru
    Kroneru Dia atrás

    Received mines today. Thanks.

  • Barry Young
    Barry Young Dia atrás

    Cool video. Got my Shade Ball in the mail today. Keep up the kool vids!

  • Starfire Technology
    Starfire Technology Dia atrás +1

    Just recieved ball 5177 today! Thanks!

  • Khiem Huynh
    Khiem Huynh Dia atrás

    Can I swim in that too

  • Sara Ryan
    Sara Ryan Dia atrás

    I love youuuuuuuuuu 😋😋😋😋

  • Horizon Freeze
    Horizon Freeze Dia atrás

    3:44 he prob used to it by now

  • Marlomen Sarsuelo
    Marlomen Sarsuelo 2 dias atrás

    That breaststroke tho

  • Julia Friedman-Parks
    Julia Friedman-Parks 2 dias atrás

    Why does this Video give me some cool ideas

  • Vivian Trinh
    Vivian Trinh 2 dias atrás

    Can you REALLY swim in Shade Balls?

  • GameCorruption's
    GameCorruption's 2 dias atrás

    can yow run on them

  • Kid 8v8teR
    Kid 8v8teR 2 dias atrás

    What is a shade ball

  • Bruna Lopes
    Bruna Lopes 2 dias atrás

    shouldnt the balls be white? black attracks more sunlight therefore more heat

  • TheLastDogInTown
    TheLastDogInTown 2 dias atrás

    3:53 who else saw the drone shadow

  • princess lib
    princess lib 2 dias atrás

    can you stay under there for 2 min

  • Rob Anderson
    Rob Anderson 2 dias atrás

    His guy is like a rip-off Mark Rober

  • Dan Hayes
    Dan Hayes 2 dias atrás

    Hey Derek. Longtime viewer and subscriber here. I watched your video explaining where the channel may go in the future and how BRclip's algorithms work so I appreciate the fair warning, but this has been your first video that felt clickbaity to me. And I don't mean the title, I mean the actual content. This type of video sorta goes into Mark Rober territory- a fun, wacky video with a little science to justify it, but what I come to you for is the science presented with authenticity and thoughtfulness. To me, this is your brand. Then again, Mark Rober's videos get tens of millions of views, so I do not fault you for trying to chase the BRclip dragon.

    Just wanted to chime in. Hope you have success promoting science in whichever fashion works best for you.


  • Freddie Gladwin
    Freddie Gladwin 2 dias atrás

    Try and run across a pool of shade balls

  • Сергей Павлов

    give me please 1 balls = )

  • 5oo metors
    5oo metors 2 dias atrás

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

  • 5oo metors
    5oo metors 2 dias atrás

    Here some asma 8:02

  • RiskAttack
    RiskAttack 2 dias atrás

    3:43 😐

  • Shugrrr Shark
    Shugrrr Shark 2 dias atrás

    What is a Shade ball?

  • VidsWithRiah
    VidsWithRiah 2 dias atrás

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

  • VidsWithRiah
    VidsWithRiah 2 dias atrás

    Why didn't he cuff his hands when freestyle.

  • Crafty Girl
    Crafty Girl 3 dias atrás

    My question is how is he gonna get them out

  • jerbear gaming
    jerbear gaming 3 dias atrás

    what ar shade balls

  • killerblob undead
    killerblob undead 3 dias atrás

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

  • Nathan Bryan
    Nathan Bryan 3 dias atrás

    what is a shade ball?

  • sherlyn rivera
    sherlyn rivera 3 dias atrás

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

  • LifeWithLonna periodt
    LifeWithLonna periodt 3 dias atrás

    and i thought he was gonna drown

  • LifeWithLonna periodt
    LifeWithLonna periodt 3 dias atrás

    why are they called shade balls?

  • Joseph Christian Cuyugan
    Joseph Christian Cuyugan 3 dias atrás

    Can i have one of those?

  • Riley Chalmers
    Riley Chalmers 3 dias atrás

    He swam perfectly how can he not swim?

  • Pazelloxu
    Pazelloxu 3 dias atrás

    They look like Tapioca Pearls or Boba.

  • Amy Alley
    Amy Alley 3 dias atrás

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

  • Omar Siddiqi
    Omar Siddiqi 3 dias atrás

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

  • Kate Caldwell
    Kate Caldwell 3 dias atrás +2

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

  • TheBattleBro
    TheBattleBro 3 dias atrás

    Its like he is in a giant bowl of cocoa puffs

  • Dusty Honey
    Dusty Honey 4 dias atrás

    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
    Mercedez Gwinner 4 dias atrás

    good luck with cleaning that up

  • pingcheng zuo
    pingcheng zuo 4 dias atrás

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

  • Jordynn Hemphill
    Jordynn Hemphill 4 dias atrás

    Balls in my face.....

  • Čøøkīės n' Çrëam
    Čøøkīės n' Çrëam 4 dias atrás

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

  • Nebosvod gonzalez
    Nebosvod gonzalez 4 dias atrás

    just Recycle them

  • Michael Ganzer
    Michael Ganzer 4 dias atrás

    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 4 dias atrás


  • Emely
    Emely 4 dias atrás

    What are shade balls?

  • shelbel82
    shelbel82 4 dias atrás

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

  • Michael Anderson
    Michael Anderson 4 dias atrás +2

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

  • Live By Faith
    Live By Faith 5 dias atrás

    It look like a boba tea lol

  • Nutella
    Nutella 5 dias atrás

    Nobody gonna talk about how he jumped so far?

  • Mark Thompson
    Mark Thompson 5 dias atrás


  • PorkNotBeef
    PorkNotBeef 5 dias atrás

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

  • Paul Kinder
    Paul Kinder 5 dias atrás

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

  • iTravel Sports
    iTravel Sports 5 dias atrás

    How coooool!

  • cmdeane
    cmdeane 5 dias atrás

    what a waste of money

  • Whitney Sims
    Whitney Sims 5 dias atrás

    Y does this remind me of co co puffs😂

  • NotCharging
    NotCharging 5 dias atrás +2

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

  • Blobby YT
    Blobby YT 5 dias atrás

    Its bad for the nature because its plastic

  • Ava Gomez
    Ava Gomez 5 dias atrás

    this just gave me anxiety

  • Vorcefull Vorce
    Vorcefull Vorce 5 dias atrás

    How u get them all out

  • Herbert Coleman
    Herbert Coleman 6 dias atrás

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

  • Shade Jamison
    Shade Jamison 6 dias atrás

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

  • A Youtuber
    A Youtuber 6 dias atrás

    His poor wrist, imagine signing something 10,000 times