Can You Swim in Shade Balls?

  • Жарияланды 2019 ж. 13 Мау.
  • 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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  • Kevin Toons
    Kevin Toons 18 сағат бұрын +1

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

  • Kaine Ellsworth
    Kaine Ellsworth Күн бұрын

    3:45 that’s what she said

  • The Meme Doctor
    The Meme Doctor Күн бұрын

    4:40 anyone on a swim team, look at his hands

  • Aldo
    Aldo 3 күн бұрын

    Who cleaned up the mess????

  • Squared Circle
    Squared Circle 3 күн бұрын

    What did you do with them after!!?

    HAROON MUSHTAQ 3 күн бұрын

    This man is very UGLY but he's got some serious Brain

  • Elin
    Elin 3 күн бұрын +8

    "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 4 күн бұрын

    Shut up thats really cool but so climatedamaging all the plastic

  • Greystorm1619
    Greystorm1619 4 күн бұрын

    This is my Dream

  • Frøsted Sky
    Frøsted Sky 4 күн бұрын


  • Samuel Raiche
    Samuel Raiche 4 күн бұрын

    So did you ever manage to get them out😂

  • Ardi
    Ardi 4 күн бұрын +4

    Him: very smart guy
    Also him: let me just run over the shade balls

    • Peter Cordes
      Peter Cordes 2 күн бұрын

      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
    zZiL341yRj736 4 күн бұрын

    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 5 күн бұрын +1

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

  • Zon
    Zon 5 күн бұрын +1

    every time he messes up the perfectly stacked row of balls I cringe so hard.

  • EthanPlaysYT
    EthanPlaysYT 5 күн бұрын

    3:26 vue cinemas bass drop

  • cleetu s
    cleetu s 5 күн бұрын

    Do a pool filled with jello

  • James Emirzian Waldementer
    James Emirzian Waldementer 5 күн бұрын

    Operation Dark River

  • Michael James
    Michael James 5 күн бұрын

    Does the shade balls pollute the ocean

  • BangGamer 1338 YT VN/ENG
    BangGamer 1338 YT VN/ENG 5 күн бұрын

    If drowning, this one useful

    Or not. Maybe?

  • Mango! Animates
    Mango! Animates 5 күн бұрын

    *when racist came over and invade america*

  • Z Z
    Z Z 6 күн бұрын

    8:12 LOL

  • Bill Sabado
    Bill Sabado 6 күн бұрын

    I thought KZclip was recommending me a snuff film

  • NiKKo_xD
    NiKKo_xD 6 күн бұрын

    The pain is gettin em out

  • Mtt Lsa
    Mtt Lsa 6 күн бұрын +1

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

  • skudzer1985
    skudzer1985 6 күн бұрын

    Just a few bros playing with their balls in the pool.

  • Lil Shadow
    Lil Shadow 7 күн бұрын

    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 7 күн бұрын

    It’s like venom eating your pool

  • Kushman 420 TV
    Kushman 420 TV 7 күн бұрын

    Gota swim in shade balls

  • Nolan Games
    Nolan Games 7 күн бұрын

    *no did you see how mr incredible was with them*

    NOMASAN 7 күн бұрын

    what do you do with 10.000 shade balls?

    NOMASAN 7 күн бұрын

    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 7 күн бұрын

    pause at 6:01...
    for a mildly terrifying image

    NOMASAN 7 күн бұрын

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

  • ReisLouis
    ReisLouis 7 күн бұрын

    it looks like caviar 😂

    • GJ SIX 8
      GJ SIX 8 7 күн бұрын

      It looks like negro spawn.

  • AdamK 2099
    AdamK 2099 7 күн бұрын

    How the hell did u get them out?

  • Samuel James
    Samuel James 7 күн бұрын

    I automaticly thought about that scene from incredibles when I saw this

  • 사루사루
    사루사루 7 күн бұрын

    시발 유튜브 알고리즘

  • Jiro Matias
    Jiro Matias 7 күн бұрын

    Hey can you walk to the shade balls

  • Best freind With a cat
    Best freind With a cat 7 күн бұрын

    I thought I was dumb😂😂🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️

  • cyvelle nikko marcera
    cyvelle nikko marcera 8 күн бұрын

    amazing 👌

  • ValiantsFelines McCarty
    ValiantsFelines McCarty 8 күн бұрын

    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.

  • ponchinpollo
    ponchinpollo 8 күн бұрын

    this video gave me so much anxiety

  • Hyper Sans
    Hyper Sans 8 күн бұрын

    I would like to buy your signed balls please.

  • Martin Verner
    Martin Verner 9 күн бұрын

    I brought some of my old college buddies over so we can get balls in our face one more time!

  • Sarom Son
    Sarom Son 9 күн бұрын +7

    It’s looks like giant boba who else agrees?

    • Kostas5807
      Kostas5807 7 күн бұрын

      I subbed you pls sub me

  • Tenderizer17
    Tenderizer17 9 күн бұрын

    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.

  • Vince Gruss
    Vince Gruss 9 күн бұрын +1

    Why is it dangerous

  • Eviegamergg 123
    Eviegamergg 123 9 күн бұрын +1

    2:13 Quote of the year peeps. Quote of the year

  • Isaac Naughton
    Isaac Naughton 11 күн бұрын +3

    So much awesome physics here: Lattice/crystalline formation, drag, light interference patterns, fluid dynamics.. the list goes on.

  • John Doe
    John Doe 11 күн бұрын +1

    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.

  • Jim Druckenmiller
    Jim Druckenmiller 11 күн бұрын

    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?

  • Jr the gamer Jason
    Jr the gamer Jason 12 күн бұрын


  • Jr the gamer Jason
    Jr the gamer Jason 12 күн бұрын

    What would happen if you swam in a pool full of shade balls without water

  • Julian Wanless
    Julian Wanless 12 күн бұрын

    Signing each one? Wow that's a lot of signing, about 30 years if you do one every day

  • Ashish Kumar
    Ashish Kumar 12 күн бұрын +1

    This man is crazy !

  • Gacha Rasberry :3
    Gacha Rasberry :3 12 күн бұрын

    9:34 nice wewe

  • ᄋᄋ
    ᄋᄋ 13 күн бұрын

    형 안아파?

  • Prime nmd
    Prime nmd 13 күн бұрын +1

    This reminds me of that scene from robots when the guy is stuffing in dominoes

  • Anoop Sidhu
    Anoop Sidhu 13 күн бұрын

    Doesn't it hurt when he went frount first in the pool ??