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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Michael Ganzer
Michael Ganzer 3 hours ago
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.
Emely 4 hours ago
Emely 4 hours ago
What are shade balls?
shelbel82 11 hours ago
I live in Alabama so we don't get a lot
Michael Anderson
Michael Anderson 15 hours ago
Alright, you’re kind of throwing some shade at us with this one.
Live By Faith
Live By Faith 19 hours ago
It look like a boba tea lol
Nutella 19 hours ago
Nobody gonna talk about how he jumped so far?
Mark Thompson
Mark Thompson 19 hours ago
PorkNotBeef 20 hours ago
The near perfect alignment of those balls and the amount of sound is trippin' me out.
Paul Kinder
Paul Kinder 21 hour ago
Just be honest....the thought of all those black balls made you horney.
iTravel Sports
How coooool!
cmdeane Day ago
what a waste of money
Whitney Sims
Whitney Sims Day ago
Y does this remind me of co co puffs😂
NotCharging Day ago
Wait...couldn’t you just put shade balls over your pool in the winter with a tarp?
Blobby YT
Blobby YT Day ago
Its bad for the nature because its plastic
Ava Gomez
Ava Gomez Day ago
this just gave me anxiety
Vorcefull Vorce
How u get them all out
Herbert Coleman
I hope I'm not too late to get a shade ball.
Shade Jamison
😶 "Shade" balls..... My name is shade.... 😳
A Youtuber
A Youtuber Day ago
His poor wrist, imagine signing something 10,000 times
Candy Lover
Candy Lover Day ago
Do NOT do this at home😉👍
Faux Falconry
This made my asthma cry on the inside
best videos
best videos Day ago
I need please .....
Paula J
Paula J Day ago
Jessie Dizon
Jessie Dizon Day ago
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? ⚡🔆👽
Killer Kat
Killer Kat Day ago
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!
FLEX BOI 2 days ago
The question is how is going to get them out
Murugesan A
Murugesan A 2 days ago
Brother can you do a video on qantum entanglement
Saikumar Bunny
Saikumar Bunny 2 days ago
It's not 91% .... It's only π/4 ~ 78% Any thoughts?
Naima M. Ali
Naima M. Ali 2 days ago
you know what i think? i think david dobrik should totally buy this.
Nappypuff 2 days ago
thiis was the most beautiful fluid mosaic ever
Lavina Coleman
Lavina Coleman 2 days ago
3:46 no homo
osamr toro
osamr toro 2 days ago
Geovanni Franco
Geovanni Franco 2 days ago
Oof ion think u can bc dats a lot of shade oooo I swear am cringe af
Arissa Aispuro
Arissa Aispuro 2 days ago
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
goth lust
goth lust 2 days ago
How much were all those shade balls ?
sinekonata 2 days ago
Veritasium : The science of shade balls. Me : unsubscribe. Click bait fish : OMG subscribe.
So what’s the purpose of the balls?
Jacob the Fishermen99
That would take me a long time to clean up
Savannah Lada
Savannah Lada 2 days ago
You should make a giant boba tea drink with those😂😂😂
Leonid Romanov
Leonid Romanov 2 days ago
So, are they like Higgs boson?
Charles Mendez
Charles Mendez 3 days ago
3:45 he loves it
Tyrese James
Tyrese James 3 days ago
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 😢😢😢😢😢
Shoot Me
Shoot Me 3 days ago
I still want to swim in those
Keane Nelson
Keane Nelson 3 days ago
Anyone else see how it looked like he was stepping on something in the air when he jumped in
Skandar 3 days ago
This guy has a lot of balls. I also saw 2 balls bouncing over his chin.
Lance Trahan
Lance Trahan 3 days ago
When you got that RUvid/Patreon money: "I bought 10,000 shade balls."
Collect them and donate them to another reservoir
Wat Dat
Wat Dat 3 days ago
He sold them all. I got one.
Daniel de Mattos Gonçalves
So many people starving to death...
Wat Dat
Wat Dat 3 days ago
So buy them food you selfish bastard.
Angel K
Angel K 4 days ago
Only liking for the slowmo portion
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