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 • 22 583

  • Coco Tube
    Coco Tube 2 hours ago +1

    okay but how are you cleaning this up...?

  • GoogleRay L
    GoogleRay L 3 hours ago


  • Victor Trense
    Victor Trense 8 hours ago

    3:42 That's what she said

  • Jayythefrieza
    Jayythefrieza 9 hours ago

    Grown man playing with A lot of big balls

  • Roman Sin
    Roman Sin 10 hours ago

    Imagine how long it took to clean that up like everything

  • A Little Goblin
    A Little Goblin 13 hours ago

    i was born at a very young age

  • Idk games
    Idk games 13 hours ago +1

    1:10 look at his foot
    It looks like he is taking a step up on the stairs

  • Lilliana Keim
    Lilliana Keim 16 hours ago

    As a swimming watching his strokes are painful

    RANGERHOOD Day ago

    Was it painfull?

  • Wolfie Aurora
    Wolfie Aurora Day ago


    *Read More*

  • Bob Bob
    Bob Bob Day ago

    Those are some big anal beads

  • Jupiter Rose
    Jupiter Rose 2 days ago

    Do you see the flying?

  • Shooketh 7
    Shooketh 7 2 days ago +4

    *This is the new version of “take her swimming on the first date”*

  • hanna ossowska
    hanna ossowska 2 days ago

    Its the youtuber karolek

  • hanna ossowska
    hanna ossowska 2 days ago


  • Joshua Lawson
    Joshua Lawson 2 days ago

    what did I just watch?

  • GalaxyGuy14
    GalaxyGuy14 3 days ago

    Imagine dolphin stoke in this lol


    Can,t run

  • DOGE
    DOGE 3 days ago

    2:14 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Looking In With Victor B

    I was worried that the shade balls would act similar to a sheet of ice...

    Now I am wondering what would be scarier... being thrown in the middle of the LA resevoir and abandoned to the shade balls or under a sheet of ice?

  • ruhaniat kaur
    ruhaniat kaur 3 days ago

    did u also hire a cleaners for this

  • Ben Glennon
    Ben Glennon 3 days ago

    When he started pouring them in, it kinda looked like bubble tea 😋

  • Tom Chafey
    Tom Chafey 3 days ago

    Ugh i had such respect for this dude until he had to hold his nose... BREATH OUT OF YOUR NOSE WHEN YOU HIT THE WATER.

  • Andrew Joseph Manalili

    No, you dround!

  • DDHOperator
    DDHOperator 4 days ago +2

    Michael Felps watching this video: "I think I found a way to win 10 more golds..."

  • shehzad bompoint
    shehzad bompoint 4 days ago +1

    Good luck getting them out

  • Ocean Querido
    Ocean Querido 4 days ago

    Cut one open

  • AKA Dew boi
    AKA Dew boi 4 days ago

    Does this mean I can breath under water because there’s no sun light

  • YourLocalMedic
    YourLocalMedic 4 days ago

    "But I am getting a lot of balls in the face.

    Oooohh RU-clip."

  • Damian Vlog's
    Damian Vlog's 4 days ago

    open your eyes wide open at 2:51

  • izicgaming
    izicgaming 5 days ago

    2:45 satisfying man

  • Big Meegle
    Big Meegle 5 days ago

    This guys got a lot of balls

  • Aryan Mitra
    Aryan Mitra 5 days ago

    2:14 Me on Dec 1

  • Scorch Flame
    Scorch Flame 5 days ago

    Talk about balls deep.

  • Autumn Juhlin
    Autumn Juhlin 5 days ago

    What is shade balls?

  • PS Gamer
    PS Gamer 5 days ago +1

    Science is fun.......

  • 김나눈냐 사람
    김나눈냐 사람 6 days ago

    나만 이거 거봉젤리인줄 알았냐?

  • Chelment Christie
    Chelment Christie 6 days ago

    What are a shade balls for?

  • Lord Turtle
    Lord Turtle 6 days ago

    As a person who has never watched a single of this guy’s videos, all of this is weird

  • RandomKid 101
    RandomKid 101 6 days ago

    it's always 10,000 why ALWAYS

  • Luke Claros
    Luke Claros 6 days ago

    Thanks again recommended for another tideless video

  • Unknown YT
    Unknown YT 6 days ago

    [me, an american]
    video: 300 kg
    Video:660 pounds

  • Chrisgaming10
    Chrisgaming10 6 days ago

    I've said "that what she said" in this video way to much

  • Frosty
    Frosty 6 days ago +4

    No one:

    Completely no one:


  • Lauren Middleton
    Lauren Middleton 6 days ago +1

    1:12 The Face you make when your RU-clip Channel makes you over 2 Million DOLLARS A YEAR...

  • Dalia Tuffaha
    Dalia Tuffaha 6 days ago

    I’m feeling cluster phobic looking at the video but I’m still watching 🙃

  • Human Carleigh Says Hi
    Human Carleigh Says Hi 6 days ago +1

    His strokes lmao ( new swimmers should understand)

  • Benchkiddo
    Benchkiddo 7 days ago +1

    It looks like caviar

  • TS
    TS 7 days ago

    9:56 nipple

  • Alyssa Lynn
    Alyssa Lynn 7 days ago

    OOH the shade

  • BetrayedByTheAlgorithm

    Talk about throwing shade
    I’m sorry

  • W1 5A
    W1 5A 7 days ago

    What are shade balls
    And what makes them dangerous?
    Sorry for asking

  • SAVAGE The great
    SAVAGE The great 7 days ago +1

    Bruh that water splashing edit at 6:01 top quality indeed

  • clorox bleach boy
    clorox bleach boy 7 days ago

    "How many shade balls would you like to buy"
    Veritasium: " *yes* "

  • Tim Yee
    Tim Yee 7 days ago

    I kinda represent the shade balls as air and how hard it is for smaller creatures to move through it.really puts your size in perspective huh?

  • MysticalSpace
    MysticalSpace 7 days ago

    2:57 bruh this sound like a pile of mosquitoes and I actually started smacking my ear XD

  • Cookie x milk Studios

    Yeah, mineta was totally here

  • Botts King
    Botts King 7 days ago

    K see y’all in 5 years!

  • wormchip
    wormchip 8 days ago +1

    "Im gonna see if i can run across these shade balls, it's gonna end poorly im sure."
    Famous last words

  • Jk Besh
    Jk Besh 8 days ago

    *to much science* for my 11 yer old brain!