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.
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  • He swam perfectly how can he not swim?

    Riley ChalmersRiley Chalmers59 minuti fa
  • They look like Tapioca Pearls or Boba.

    PazelloxuPazelloxu4 ore fa
  • for some reason this will make me scared soo i wont do it

    Amy AlleyAmy Alley7 ore fa
  • Balls are in the mail!!!!!! And I'm getting one! ✌️😍🥰😀😁😎

    Omar SiddiqiOmar Siddiqi8 ore fa
  • “A lotta balls in my face” Micheal Scott... THATS WHAT SHE SAID!!

    Kate CaldwellKate Caldwell8 ore fa
  • Its like he is in a giant bowl of cocoa puffs

    TheBattleBroTheBattleBro9 ore fa
  • 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 Honey10 ore fa
  • good luck with cleaning that up

    Mercedez GwinnerMercedez Gwinner10 ore fa
  • I just became one of Chlorine because I wanted to have a shadow ball. PLEASE

    pingcheng zuopingcheng zuo10 ore fa
  • Balls in my face.....

    Jordynn HemphillJordynn Hemphill10 ore fa
  • 3:44 That will be are future full of plastic...

    Čøøkīės n' ÇrëamČøøkīės n' Çrëam10 ore fa
  • just Recycle them

    Nebosvod gonzalezNebosvod gonzalez17 ore fa
  • 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 Ganzer21 ora fa
  • Nvm

    EmelyEmely22 ore fa
  • What are shade balls?

    EmelyEmely22 ore fa
  • I live in Alabama so we don't get a lot

    shelbel82shelbel82Giorno fa
  • Alright, you’re kind of throwing some shade at us with this one.

    Michael AndersonMichael AndersonGiorno fa
  • It look like a boba tea lol

    Live By FaithLive By FaithGiorno fa
  • Nobody gonna talk about how he jumped so far?

    NutellaNutellaGiorno fa
  • hi

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

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

    Paul KinderPaul KinderGiorno fa
  • How coooool!

    iTravel SportsiTravel SportsGiorno fa
  • what a waste of money

    cmdeanecmdeaneGiorno fa
  • Y does this remind me of co co puffs😂

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

    NotChargingNotChargingGiorno fa
  • Its bad for the nature because its plastic

    Blobby YTBlobby YT2 giorni fa
  • this just gave me anxiety

    Ava GomezAva Gomez2 giorni fa
  • How u get them all out

    Vorcefull VorceVorcefull Vorce2 giorni fa
  • I hope I'm not too late to get a shade ball.

    Herbert ColemanHerbert Coleman2 giorni fa
  • 😶 "Shade" balls..... My name is shade.... 😳

    Shade JamisonShade Jamison2 giorni fa
  • His poor wrist, imagine signing something 10,000 times

    A YoutuberA Youtuber2 giorni fa
  • Do NOT do this at home😉👍

    Candy LoverCandy Lover2 giorni fa
  • This made my asthma cry on the inside

    Faux FalconryFaux Falconry2 giorni fa
  • I need please .....

    best videosbest videos2 giorni fa
  • *WARNING TURN DOWN VOLUME*

    Paula JPaula J2 giorni fa
  • 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 Dizon2 giorni fa
  • 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 Kat2 giorni fa
  • The question is how is going to get them out

    FLEX BOIFLEX BOI3 giorni fa
  • Brother can you do a video on qantum entanglement

    Murugesan AMurugesan A3 giorni fa
  • It's not 91% .... It's only π/4 ~ 78% Any thoughts?

    Saikumar BunnySaikumar Bunny3 giorni fa
  • you know what i think? i think david dobrik should totally buy this.

    Naima M. AliNaima M. Ali3 giorni fa
  • thiis was the most beautiful fluid mosaic ever

    NappypuffNappypuff3 giorni fa
  • 3:46 no homo

    Lavina ColemanLavina Coleman3 giorni fa
  • MOOD

    osamr toroosamr toro3 giorni fa
  • Oof ion think u can bc dats a lot of shade oooo I swear am cringe af

    Geovanni FrancoGeovanni Franco3 giorni fa
  • 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 Aispuro3 giorni fa
  • How much were all those shade balls ?

    goth lustgoth lust3 giorni fa
  • Veritasium : The science of shade balls. Me : unsubscribe. Click bait fish : OMG subscribe.

    sinekonatasinekonata3 giorni fa
  • So what’s the purpose of the balls?

    Strawberrycake*-*Strawberrycake*-*3 giorni fa
  • That would take me a long time to clean up

    Jacob the Fishermen99Jacob the Fishermen993 giorni fa
  • You should make a giant boba tea drink with those😂😂😂

    Savannah LadaSavannah Lada3 giorni fa
  • So, are they like Higgs boson?

    Leonid RomanovLeonid Romanov3 giorni fa
  • 3:45 he loves it

    Charles MendezCharles Mendez4 giorni fa
  • 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 James4 giorni fa
  • I still want to swim in those

    Shoot MeShoot Me4 giorni fa
  • Anyone else see how it looked like he was stepping on something in the air when he jumped in

    Keane NelsonKeane Nelson4 giorni fa
  • This guy has a lot of balls. I also saw 2 balls bouncing over his chin.

    SkandarSkandar4 giorni fa
  • When you got that IT-vision/Patreon money: "I bought 10,000 shade balls."

    Lance TrahanLance Trahan4 giorni fa
  • Collect them and donate them to another reservoir

    absolut_height_advantageabsolut_height_advantage4 giorni fa
    • He sold them all. I got one.

      Wat DatWat Dat4 giorni fa
  • So many people starving to death...

    Daniel de Mattos GonçalvesDaniel de Mattos Gonçalves4 giorni fa
    • So buy them food you selfish bastard.

      Wat DatWat Dat4 giorni fa
  • Only liking for the slowmo portion

    Angel KAngel K5 giorni fa
  • Well... This proves that swimming in shade balls is very hard/pointless

    Diablo InfernoDiablo Inferno5 giorni fa
  • 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 Guy5 giorni fa
  • "Light coming through the CRACKS and reflecting off the BALLS"

    VaL 0VaL 05 giorni fa
  • "Its time to release the balls" Thst sounds.... eh, who cares

    VaL 0VaL 05 giorni fa
  • What are these “shade balls”?

    Nevaeh Wheeler’s Hot Mess ExpressNevaeh Wheeler’s Hot Mess Express5 giorni fa
  • 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 Wester5 giorni fa
  • this guy has some balls

    NOWhERENOWhERE5 giorni fa
  • 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 Rahmoeller5 giorni fa
    • They've all been sold already. You're a little late

      Wat DatWat Dat4 giorni fa
Can You Swim in Shade Balls?