Can You Swim in Shade Balls?

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)"

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

    Amy AlleyAmy AlleyVor 2 Minuten
  • Balls are in the mail!!!!!! And I'm getting one! ✌️😍🥰😀😁😎

    Omar SiddiqiOmar SiddiqiVor 40 Minuten
  • “A lotta balls in my face” Micheal Scott... THATS WHAT SHE SAID!!

    Kate CaldwellKate CaldwellVor Stunde
  • Its like he is in a giant bowl of cocoa puffs

    TheBattleBroTheBattleBroVor 2 Stunden
  • 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.

    Dusty HoneyDusty HoneyVor 2 Stunden
  • good luck with cleaning that up

    Mercedez GwinnerMercedez GwinnerVor 3 Stunden
  • I just became one of Chlorine because I wanted to have a shadow ball. PLEASE

    pingcheng zuopingcheng zuoVor 3 Stunden
  • Balls in my face.....

    Jordynn HemphillJordynn HemphillVor 3 Stunden
  • 3:44 That will be are future full of plastic...

    Čøøkīės n' ÇrëamČøøkīės n' ÇrëamVor 3 Stunden
  • just Recycle them

    Nebosvod gonzalezNebosvod gonzalezVor 10 Stunden
  • 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.

    Michael GanzerMichael GanzerVor 14 Stunden
  • Nvm

    EmelyEmelyVor 15 Stunden
  • What are shade balls?

    EmelyEmelyVor 15 Stunden
  • I live in Alabama so we don't get a lot

    shelbel82shelbel82Vor 22 Stunden
  • Alright, you’re kind of throwing some shade at us with this one.

    Michael AndersonMichael AndersonVor Tag
  • It look like a boba tea lol

    Live By FaithLive By FaithVor Tag
  • Nobody gonna talk about how he jumped so far?

    NutellaNutellaVor Tag
  • hi

    Mark ThompsonMark ThompsonVor Tag
  • The near perfect alignment of those balls and the amount of sound is trippin' me out.

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

    Paul KinderPaul KinderVor Tag
  • How coooool!

    iTravel SportsiTravel SportsVor Tag
  • what a waste of money

    cmdeanecmdeaneVor Tag
  • Y does this remind me of co co puffs😂

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

    NotChargingNotChargingVor Tag
  • Its bad for the nature because its plastic

    Blobby YTBlobby YTVor Tag
  • this just gave me anxiety

    Ava GomezAva GomezVor Tag
  • How u get them all out

    Vorcefull VorceVorcefull VorceVor 2 Tage
  • I hope I'm not too late to get a shade ball.

    Herbert ColemanHerbert ColemanVor 2 Tage
  • 😶 "Shade" balls..... My name is shade.... 😳

    Shade JamisonShade JamisonVor 2 Tage
  • His poor wrist, imagine signing something 10,000 times

    A YoutuberA YoutuberVor 2 Tage
  • Do NOT do this at home😉👍

    Candy LoverCandy LoverVor 2 Tage
  • This made my asthma cry on the inside

    Faux FalconryFaux FalconryVor 2 Tage
  • I need please .....

    best videosbest videosVor 2 Tage

    Paula JPaula JVor 2 Tage
  • 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? ⚡🔆👽

    Jessie DizonJessie DizonVor 2 Tage
  • 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!

    Killer KatKiller KatVor 2 Tage
  • The question is how is going to get them out

  • Brother can you do a video on qantum entanglement

    Murugesan AMurugesan AVor 2 Tage
  • It's not 91% .... It's only π/4 ~ 78% Any thoughts?

    Saikumar BunnySaikumar BunnyVor 2 Tage
  • you know what i think? i think david dobrik should totally buy this.

    Naima M. AliNaima M. AliVor 2 Tage
  • thiis was the most beautiful fluid mosaic ever

    NappypuffNappypuffVor 2 Tage
  • 3:46 no homo

    Lavina ColemanLavina ColemanVor 2 Tage
  • MOOD

    osamr toroosamr toroVor 3 Tage
  • Oof ion think u can bc dats a lot of shade oooo I swear am cringe af

    Geovanni FrancoGeovanni FrancoVor 3 Tage
  • 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

    Arissa AispuroArissa AispuroVor 3 Tage
  • How much were all those shade balls ?

    goth lustgoth lustVor 3 Tage
  • Veritasium : The science of shade balls. Me : unsubscribe. Click bait fish : OMG subscribe.

    sinekonatasinekonataVor 3 Tage
  • So what’s the purpose of the balls?

    Strawberrycake*-*Strawberrycake*-*Vor 3 Tage
  • That would take me a long time to clean up

    Jacob the Fishermen99Jacob the Fishermen99Vor 3 Tage
  • You should make a giant boba tea drink with those😂😂😂

    Savannah LadaSavannah LadaVor 3 Tage
  • So, are they like Higgs boson?

    Leonid RomanovLeonid RomanovVor 3 Tage
  • 3:45 he loves it

    Charles MendezCharles MendezVor 3 Tage
  • 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 😢😢😢😢😢

    Tyrese JamesTyrese JamesVor 3 Tage
  • I still want to swim in those

    Shoot MeShoot MeVor 4 Tage
  • Anyone else see how it looked like he was stepping on something in the air when he jumped in

    Keane NelsonKeane NelsonVor 4 Tage
  • This guy has a lot of balls. I also saw 2 balls bouncing over his chin.

    SkandarSkandarVor 4 Tage
  • When you got that DE-visions/Patreon money: "I bought 10,000 shade balls."

    Lance TrahanLance TrahanVor 4 Tage
  • Collect them and donate them to another reservoir

    absolut_height_advantageabsolut_height_advantageVor 4 Tage
    • He sold them all. I got one.

      Wat DatWat DatVor 4 Tage
  • So many people starving to death...

    Daniel de Mattos GonçalvesDaniel de Mattos GonçalvesVor 4 Tage
    • So buy them food you selfish bastard.

      Wat DatWat DatVor 4 Tage
  • Only liking for the slowmo portion

    Angel KAngel KVor 4 Tage
  • Well... This proves that swimming in shade balls is very hard/pointless

    Diablo InfernoDiablo InfernoVor 4 Tage
  • I dint get a single anxiety in this video, is that normal? Obviously thats really normal cause i dint have mental issues like you guys, and im already 15

    Marco the Diamond Apple GuyMarco the Diamond Apple GuyVor 4 Tage
  • "Light coming through the CRACKS and reflecting off the BALLS"

    VaL 0VaL 0Vor 4 Tage
  • "Its time to release the balls" Thst sounds.... eh, who cares

    VaL 0VaL 0Vor 4 Tage
  • What are these “shade balls”?

    Nevaeh Wheeler’s Hot Mess ExpressNevaeh Wheeler’s Hot Mess ExpressVor 5 Tage
  • So the state that has basically outlawed plastic drinking straws is now covering their drinking water it plastic balls? Is California actually meant to be inhabitable?

    Jason WesterJason WesterVor 5 Tage
  • this guy has some balls

    NOWhERENOWhEREVor 5 Tage
  • Can I pay you to mail me one?? I have to give a presentation on these in a month but I can't find where to buy just one. :(

    Michelle RahmoellerMichelle RahmoellerVor 5 Tage
    • They've all been sold already. You're a little late

      Wat DatWat DatVor 4 Tage
  • What about the other type of balls 😂

    candish dew Gachacandish dew GachaVor 5 Tage
  • shoutout to the worst swimmer ive ever seen

    Cmuldoon99Cmuldoon99Vor 5 Tage
Can You Swim in Shade Balls?