Can You Swim in Shade Balls?

Ajoutée 13 juin 2019
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)"


  • This is my Dream


  • So did you ever manage to get them out😂

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

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

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

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

  • 3:26 vue cinemas bass drop

  • Do a pool filled with jello

  • Operation Dark River

  • Does the shade balls pollute the ocean

  • If drowning, this one useful Or not. Maybe?

  • *when racist came over and invade america*

  • 8:12 LOL

  • I thought FR-tv was recommending me a snuff film

  • The pain is gettin em out

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

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

  • 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

  • It’s like venom eating your pool

  • Gota swim in shade balls

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

  • what do you do with 10.000 shade balls? SHADE BALL CANNON / LAUNCHER

  • 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.

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

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

  • it looks like caviar 😂

    • It looks like negro spawn.

  • How the hell did u get them out?

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

  • 시발 유튜브 알고리즘

  • Hey can you walk to the shade balls

  • I thought I was dumb😂😂🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️

  • amazing 👌

  • 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.

  • this video gave me so much anxiety

  • I would like to buy your signed balls please.

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

  • It’s looks like giant boba who else agrees? 👇

  • 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.

  • Why is it dangerous

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • ???

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

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

  • This man is crazy !

  • 9:34 nice wewe

  • 형 안아파?

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

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

  • bt what about shade balls and snow shoes

  • you stupid amazing youtuber this is dangerous

  • How fast can the Naruto runners go 1 like = 1 mph 👇🏻

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

  • WoW) cool

  • I got one of the shade ball thank you!

  • 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

  • My G*d, I felt short of breath watching these guys!