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 epidemicsound.com "Dubstep Mammoth 2" "Finally Here (Instrumental)" "The Last Arrival" "Sundown Love (Instrumental)"

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

    Kevin ToonsKevin ToonsVor 23 Stunden
  • 3:45 that’s what she said

    Kaine EllsworthKaine EllsworthVor Tag
  • 4:40 anyone on a swim team, look at his hands

    The Meme DoctorThe Meme DoctorVor Tag
  • Who cleaned up the mess????

    AldoAldoVor 3 Tage
  • What did you do with them after!!?

    Squared CircleSquared CircleVor 3 Tage
  • This man is very UGLY but he's got some serious Brain

    HAROON MUSHTAQHAROON MUSHTAQVor 3 Tage
  • "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

    ElinElinVor 3 Tage
  • Shut up thats really cool but so climatedamaging all the plastic

    Invisible. btwInvisible. btwVor 4 Tage
  • This is my Dream

    Greystorm1619Greystorm1619Vor 4 Tage
  • YOU JUMPED INTO MY BALLS 😅

    Frøsted SkyFrøsted SkyVor 4 Tage
  • So did you ever manage to get them out😂

    Samuel RaicheSamuel RaicheVor 4 Tage
  • Him: very smart guy Also him: let me just run over the shade balls

    ArdiArdiVor 4 Tage
    • 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.

      Peter CordesPeter CordesVor 2 Tage
  • Patreon supporters don't have better places they can donate money to? This just seems like a waste. To each his own I guess.

    zZiL341yRj736zZiL341yRj736Vor 4 Tage
  • Yes that’s scary oh hey what happened to him oh he drowned in a hot tub filled with shade balls

    Jilliana NidoJilliana NidoVor 5 Tage
  • every time he messes up the perfectly stacked row of balls I cringe so hard.

    ZonZonVor 5 Tage
  • 3:26 vue cinemas bass drop

    EthanPlaysYTEthanPlaysYTVor 5 Tage
  • Do a pool filled with jello

    cleetu scleetu sVor 5 Tage
  • Operation Dark River

    James Emirzian WaldementerJames Emirzian WaldementerVor 5 Tage
  • Does the shade balls pollute the ocean

    Michael JamesMichael JamesVor 5 Tage
  • If drowning, this one useful Or not. Maybe?

    BangGamer 1338 YT VN/ENGBangGamer 1338 YT VN/ENGVor 6 Tage
  • *when racist came over and invade america*

    Mango! AnimatesMango! AnimatesVor 6 Tage
  • 8:12 LOL

    Z ZZ ZVor 6 Tage
  • I thought DE-visions was recommending me a snuff film

    Bill SabadoBill SabadoVor 6 Tage
  • The pain is gettin em out

    NiKKo_xDNiKKo_xDVor 6 Tage
  • you can't swim in it because is a drinking reservoir but you can drive a boat?

    Mtt LsaMtt LsaVor 6 Tage
  • Just a few bros playing with their balls in the pool.

    skudzer1985skudzer1985Vor 7 Tage
  • 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

    Lil ShadowLil ShadowVor 7 Tage
  • It’s like venom eating your pool

    TGC Fortnite ClanTGC Fortnite ClanVor 7 Tage
  • Gota swim in shade balls

    Kushman 420 TVKushman 420 TVVor 7 Tage
  • *no did you see how mr incredible was with them*

    Nolan GamesNolan GamesVor 7 Tage
  • what do you do with 10.000 shade balls? SHADE BALL CANNON / LAUNCHER

    NOMASANNOMASANVor 7 Tage
  • 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.

    NOMASANNOMASANVor 7 Tage
  • pause at 6:01... for a mildly terrifying image

    NOMASANNOMASANVor 7 Tage
  • I am getting a lot of balls in my face... that's something i didn't expect

    NOMASANNOMASANVor 7 Tage
  • it looks like caviar 😂

    ReisLouisReisLouisVor 7 Tage
    • It looks like negro spawn.

      GJ SIX 8GJ SIX 8Vor 7 Tage
  • How the hell did u get them out?

    AdamK 2099AdamK 2099Vor 7 Tage
  • I automaticly thought about that scene from incredibles when I saw this

    Samuel JamesSamuel JamesVor 7 Tage
  • 시발 유튜브 알고리즘

    사루사루사루사루Vor 8 Tage
  • Hey can you walk to the shade balls

    Jiro MatiasJiro MatiasVor 8 Tage
  • I thought I was dumb😂😂🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️

    Best freind With a catBest freind With a catVor 8 Tage
  • amazing 👌

    cyvelle nikko marceracyvelle nikko marceraVor 8 Tage
  • 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.

    ValiantsFelines McCartyValiantsFelines McCartyVor 8 Tage
  • this video gave me so much anxiety

    ponchinpolloponchinpolloVor 8 Tage
  • I would like to buy your signed balls please.

    Hyper SansHyper SansVor 8 Tage
  • I brought some of my old college buddies over so we can get balls in our face one more time!

    Martin VernerMartin VernerVor 9 Tage
  • It’s looks like giant boba who else agrees? 👇

    Sarom SonSarom SonVor 9 Tage
    • I subbed you pls sub me

      Kostas5807Kostas5807Vor 8 Tage
  • 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.

    Tenderizer17Tenderizer17Vor 9 Tage
  • Why is it dangerous

    Vince GrussVince GrussVor 9 Tage
  • 2:13 Quote of the year peeps. Quote of the year

    Eviegamergg 123Eviegamergg 123Vor 9 Tage
  • So much awesome physics here: Lattice/crystalline formation, drag, light interference patterns, fluid dynamics.. the list goes on.

    Isaac NaughtonIsaac NaughtonVor 11 Tage
  • 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.

    John DoeJohn DoeVor 11 Tage
  • 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?

    Jim DruckenmillerJim DruckenmillerVor 11 Tage
  • ???

    Jr the gamer JasonJr the gamer JasonVor 12 Tage
  • What would happen if you swam in a pool full of shade balls without water

    Jr the gamer JasonJr the gamer JasonVor 12 Tage
  • Signing each one? Wow that's a lot of signing, about 30 years if you do one every day

    Julian WanlessJulian WanlessVor 12 Tage
  • This man is crazy !

    Ashish KumarAshish KumarVor 13 Tage
  • 9:34 nice wewe

    Gacha Rasberry :3Gacha Rasberry :3Vor 13 Tage
  • 형 안아파?

    ᄋᄋᄋᄋVor 13 Tage
  • This reminds me of that scene from robots when the guy is stuffing in dominoes

    Prime nmdPrime nmdVor 13 Tage
  • Doesn't it hurt when he went frount first in the pool ??

    Anoop SidhuAnoop SidhuVor 14 Tage
  • bt what about shade balls and snow shoes

    K DeronimoK DeronimoVor 14 Tage
  • you stupid amazing youtuber this is dangerous

    Your Fun & Activity's with DIVYANSH DEWANGANYour Fun & Activity's with DIVYANSH DEWANGANVor 14 Tage
  • How fast can the Naruto runners go 1 like = 1 mph 👇🏻

    WeirdoWeirdoVor 14 Tage
  • I wonder how much time it takes to take all of them out

    FBIFBIVor 14 Tage
  • WoW) cool

    Тетяна ГоворкоТетяна ГоворкоVor 14 Tage
  • I got one of the shade ball thank you!

    chan lianchan lianVor 14 Tage
  • I wish i was Your daughter because I have been in a ball pit but I have never been in a swimming pool with 10,000 sade balls before

    Zoie HayesZoie HayesVor 15 Tage
  • My G*d, I felt short of breath watching these guys!

    Terri_LynnTerri_LynnVor 15 Tage
    • Why'd you censor God?

      Kanal von HupensohnKanal von HupensohnVor 14 Tage
  • getting a lot of balls in the face

    80 HD80 HDVor 16 Tage
  • Feels like Swimming in caviar pool 🏊‍♀️🤣😂😅🙋🏻‍♀️

    Alfiya AAlfiya AVor 16 Tage
Can You Swim in Shade Balls?