Can You Swim in Shade Balls?

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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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Jun 13, 2019




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Edwin McNeill
Edwin McNeill Hour ago
You do a lot of cool stuf
Mike Nim
Mike Nim 2 hours ago
Its gonna take forever to get those balls out of that pool.
Mike Nim
Mike Nim 2 hours ago
I can imagine jumping into that pool:"ouch!!!"
Jung정호영 7 hours ago
Denki chinkenary Chickin
Giant caviar
Daddydollaboi 80
Daddydollaboi 80 21 hour ago
He did it only cause he likes 10,000 black balls in his face. That's enough internet for today
Gamer Challenge
Gamer Challenge 22 hours ago
When I searched up shade balls your video was here Good Job
Robert Bobadilla
Corné de Boer
4:02 min 91% of the surface when close packed In this video I did some calculation about this percentage for fun and in Dutch but hé math is universal isn't it ;-) ruvid.net/video/video-7kSmmuLqO1w.html
kyland lindke
Good thing i go underwater when i swim
Grim Reaper
Grim Reaper 2 days ago
Also, if you run out of Patreon supporters and have some left, chuck'em in a Reservoir. I am sure they wouldn't know if they had a few thousand more.
Grim Reaper
Grim Reaper 2 days ago
You're not the best swimmer? I am pretty sure I saw you at the Olympics...
Trent Vanderpool
Trent Vanderpool 2 days ago
What the hell am I watching?
Ben Welch
Ben Welch 2 days ago
Use a trash can with pool noodles that can keep it afloat to demonstrate how a protein channel is embedded in the phospholipid bilayer of the fluid mosaic model of our cell membrane. Then you can jump through it to represent passive transport.
Andrea Sullivan
Andrea Sullivan 2 days ago
This is Mark Rober’s thing.
Deanne Poje
Deanne Poje 2 days ago
what are shade balls
Yug Soni
Yug Soni 3 days ago
Are there any of these left ? I mean if i join patreon now would you ship one ? Lol I so want one
Exploring with Slick
also their good to practice metal mosh pits 🤘
Yeeter Nation
Yeeter Nation 3 days ago
😏 swimming in balls...😏
Владимир Чапайкин
Veritasium, _Because of the waves, the balls will knock, especially at sea. It is possible to convert the mechanical energy of the collision of balls into electricity. Has anyone thought of this before?_
Andrew Vario
Andrew Vario 3 days ago
He looked like he was going to die in the start
Queen. Kristal
Queen. Kristal 4 days ago
Lol dangerous
Skylar Tharp
Skylar Tharp 4 days ago
What are shade balls
Dylan Chadderton
Dylan Chadderton 4 days ago
"obviously you can't swim in the drinking water" yeah, but you can drive a gas powered boat in it?
Beastmode567954 4 days ago
"Alotta balls in my face" -Veritasium
Kevin Toons
Kevin Toons 5 days ago
Why can’t you swim in a drinking reseuar but you can ride a boat in it
Kaine Ellsworth
Kaine Ellsworth 5 days ago
3:45 that’s what she said
The Meme Doctor
The Meme Doctor 5 days ago
4:40 anyone on a swim team, look at his hands
Aldo 7 days ago
Who cleaned up the mess????
Squared Circle
Squared Circle 7 days ago
What did you do with them after!!?
This man is very UGLY but he's got some serious Brain
Elin 8 days ago
"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
Invisible. btw
Invisible. btw 8 days ago
Shut up thats really cool but so climatedamaging all the plastic
Greystorm1619 8 days ago
This is my Dream
Frøsted Sky
Frøsted Sky 8 days ago
Samuel Raiche
Samuel Raiche 8 days ago
So did you ever manage to get them out😂
Ardi 9 days ago
Him: very smart guy Also him: let me just run over the shade balls
Peter Cordes
Peter Cordes 7 days ago
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.
zZiL341yRj736 9 days ago
Patreon supporters don't have better places they can donate money to? This just seems like a waste. To each his own I guess.
Jilliana Nido
Jilliana Nido 9 days ago
Yes that’s scary oh hey what happened to him oh he drowned in a hot tub filled with shade balls
Zon 9 days ago
every time he messes up the perfectly stacked row of balls I cringe so hard.
EthanPlaysYT 10 days ago
3:26 vue cinemas bass drop
cleetu s
cleetu s 10 days ago
Do a pool filled with jello
James Emirzian Waldementer
Operation Dark River
Michael James Fortnite pro
Does the shade balls pollute the ocean
BangGamer 1338 YT VN/ENG
If drowning, this one useful Or not. Maybe?
Mango! Animates
Mango! Animates 10 days ago
*when racist came over and invade america*
Z Z 10 days ago
8:12 LOL
Bill Sabado
Bill Sabado 10 days ago
I thought RUvid was recommending me a snuff film
NiKKo_xD 11 days ago
The pain is gettin em out
Mtt Lsa
Mtt Lsa 11 days ago
you can't swim in it because is a drinking reservoir but you can drive a boat?
skudzer1985 11 days ago
Just a few bros playing with their balls in the pool.
Lil Shadow
Lil Shadow 11 days ago
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
TGC Fortnite Clan
TGC Fortnite Clan 11 days ago
It’s like venom eating your pool
Kushman 420 TV
Kushman 420 TV 11 days ago
Gota swim in shade balls
Nolan Games
Nolan Games 11 days ago
*no did you see how mr incredible was with them*
NOMASAN 12 days ago
what do you do with 10.000 shade balls? SHADE BALL CANNON / LAUNCHER
NOMASAN 12 days ago
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.
NOMASAN 12 days ago
pause at 6:01... for a mildly terrifying image
NOMASAN 12 days ago
I am getting a lot of balls in my face... that's something i didn't expect
ReisLouis 12 days ago
it looks like caviar 😂
GJ SIX 8 12 days ago
It looks like negro spawn.
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