Can You Swim in Shade Balls?

  • เผยแพร่เมื่อ 13 มิ.ย. 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)"

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  • Chanderdat Laltoo
    Chanderdat Laltoo ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

    hi. how can i get these shade balls...Please contact me since it is for a different purpose

  • Overwhelming Surplus Of Diggity
    Overwhelming Surplus Of Diggity 4 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

    this gives me claustrophobia.

  • •GachaWøffles•
    •GachaWøffles• 10 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

    “But it’s kinda like quicksand,”
    “O-oh, no.”

  • Theo Kh
    Theo Kh 14 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

    0:10 do you mean incredi ball?

  • Eclipse :p
    Eclipse :p วันที่ผ่านมา

    How are they gonna get them *out* ....

  • Swiftalz -_-
    Swiftalz -_- วันที่ผ่านมา

    Butterfly is challenging in itself to do why would anyone ever do that.

  • Hothkinstroy
    Hothkinstroy วันที่ผ่านมา +1

    3:17 did this guy just jump in air?

  • Riley Sheldon
    Riley Sheldon วันที่ผ่านมา

    3:53 they using a drone look at the shadow to the right

  • breadstick 'n'dip
    breadstick 'n'dip วันที่ผ่านมา

    You cant swin in the reservoir because its drinking water. But you can drive a boat that uses oil

  • Kundan
    Kundan วันที่ผ่านมา

    watching the pool fill up with these black balls is so satisfying and disgusting.

  • Juan Pablo Valencia
    Juan Pablo Valencia วันที่ผ่านมา

    5:45 that's gotta hurt

  • Gleam シ
    Gleam シ วันที่ผ่านมา


  • Rockstarfoxy Production's
    Rockstarfoxy Production's 2 วันที่ผ่านมา

    How will he get them all out

  • sauce slos
    sauce slos 2 วันที่ผ่านมา +1

    This gave me so much anxiety

  • Mario C90
    Mario C90 2 วันที่ผ่านมา +1

    7:14 you can see his instant regret face as he goes under

  • Taylor Churchill
    Taylor Churchill 3 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I would love to do this.

  • Hector Vitti
    Hector Vitti 3 วันที่ผ่านมา

    1920: *we will have fliyng cars int the future*
    2019: -* im about to swim in shy balls-*

  • Panda slimzz
    Panda slimzz 3 วันที่ผ่านมา +3

    When they did a drone shot of them pouring the balls in it reminded me of boba 😂

  • Carl Ruby Højland Nielsen
    Carl Ruby Højland Nielsen 3 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Tbh i had no idea what a shade ball was i just clicked cause it looked like those balls from The Imcredibles

  • Andrew Chadwick
    Andrew Chadwick 4 วันที่ผ่านมา

    8:02 me trying to swim

  • iays
    iays 4 วันที่ผ่านมา

    cant you swim under it and come up for air wvery 10 seconds or so

  • MrInfiniteWolf ツ
    MrInfiniteWolf ツ 4 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Below water of the balls is sick!

  • Nicholicious
    Nicholicious 4 วันที่ผ่านมา +1

    The school thot at a pool party:

  • Angelica Poh
    Angelica Poh 4 วันที่ผ่านมา

    It looks like metal atoms

  • Mr Gaming 2007
    Mr Gaming 2007 4 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Is it just me or does this remind you of that scene from the incredibles where all the balls blasted him and started sticking to him

  • TheMostEpicPairOfSocks
    TheMostEpicPairOfSocks 4 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I actually held my breath right before he jumped in without realizing.

  • Talant Ziadinov
    Talant Ziadinov 4 วันที่ผ่านมา

    if you wanna swim trough you have to take deep breaths and dive under it and come up so u can take a break, with the help of the balls staying on the sruface shouldnt be so exhausting ;)

  • Davis Harry
    Davis Harry 4 วันที่ผ่านมา


  • MsNooneinparticular
    MsNooneinparticular 4 วันที่ผ่านมา +3

    We're in that weird part of THclips again, kids.

  • Leticia Pereira
    Leticia Pereira 4 วันที่ผ่านมา +1

    my god my anxiety is KILLING ME

  • Captain Morgan IV
    Captain Morgan IV 4 วันที่ผ่านมา

    But it's kinda like quicksa-*csapcshdhakshdhdjd*

  • gloten gloat
    gloten gloat 5 วันที่ผ่านมา

    You're a dumbass

  • JL - 08BN - Thomas Street MS (1654)
    JL - 08BN - Thomas Street MS (1654) 5 วันที่ผ่านมา

    That's a lot of tapioca

  • sarah docinho
    sarah docinho 5 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Meu sonho

  • A Unfamiliar Account.
    A Unfamiliar Account. 5 วันที่ผ่านมา +1


  • Insert Minecraft Meme Here
    Insert Minecraft Meme Here 5 วันที่ผ่านมา +9

    "I am swimming... but I'm getting a lot of *balls* in my face."

  • Trump's Neck Vagina
    Trump's Neck Vagina 5 วันที่ผ่านมา

    You got a lot of balls😲

  • Leon Chung
    Leon Chung 5 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Looks like caviar from drone view

  • Hafextas
    Hafextas 5 วันที่ผ่านมา +1

    this reminds me of The Incredibles part when bob is thrown at with this black sticky balls

  • Brittany Walls
    Brittany Walls 5 วันที่ผ่านมา

    DO NOT TRY AT HOME!!!!!!!

  • Sordid Bacon
    Sordid Bacon 5 วันที่ผ่านมา

    He had at least 3 bags left

  • Lord Humungous
    Lord Humungous 5 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Clean up must have been a bitch

  • Music Tho
    Music Tho 6 วันที่ผ่านมา

    How awesome would it be if we could breathe under water? Like we just hold our breath but we never run out of it. How cool would it be to take a weight and put yourself down there and look at the water and the light above you and just stay there.

  • Abhijeet Singh
    Abhijeet Singh 6 วันที่ผ่านมา +1

    Looked like he was setting himself up for drowning...jeez

  • Thushara Buddhika
    Thushara Buddhika 6 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Is he swimming?

  • Anim MusicTM
    Anim MusicTM 6 วันที่ผ่านมา

    A great place to hide in horror movies

  • Khoaeash Dhawan
    Khoaeash Dhawan 7 วันที่ผ่านมา

    How he signed 10,000 balls

  • Solari Saint-amour
    Solari Saint-amour 7 วันที่ผ่านมา

    If you almost died how you are saved

  • Minemaster2112
    Minemaster2112 8 วันที่ผ่านมา

    What is a shade ball

  • Twitter vBrxzzzy
    Twitter vBrxzzzy 8 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Can’t swim in it but u can driv boat in ut

  • Andre
    Andre 8 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Thought i heard shitballs...say it faster

  • Amy Playz
    Amy Playz 9 วันที่ผ่านมา

    But is kinda cool

  • Amy Playz
    Amy Playz 9 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Lol slow mode

  • Amy Playz
    Amy Playz 9 วันที่ผ่านมา

    You might drown

  • Amy Playz
    Amy Playz 9 วันที่ผ่านมา

    No I don’t think so it will be super hard

  • Tommy Bradfield
    Tommy Bradfield 9 วันที่ผ่านมา +1

    Well mr incredible couldn’t get through them so...

  • TronGamer38
    TronGamer38 9 วันที่ผ่านมา

    How is he gonna get those out of the pool?! Lol

  • Gaming Utility
    Gaming Utility 9 วันที่ผ่านมา

    So u cant swim in drinking reservoar but u cant drive freaking titanic over there..... Khm 😑

  • Charlize Berkheimer
    Charlize Berkheimer 9 วันที่ผ่านมา

    When he jumped in i was like "Ouch"

  • Reaching 10000 subs without videos before 2020
    Reaching 10000 subs without videos before 2020 9 วันที่ผ่านมา +1

    After done swimming in shade balls
    Verisatium: *So what now?*