Can You Swim in Shade Balls?

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  • Tarixində dərc edildi 13 İyn 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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  • Marc ChipDip
    Marc ChipDip 9 saat əvvəl

    This is an asmr video now

  • Grace Furno
    Grace Furno 16 saat əvvəl +1

    My question is what are shade balls even
    I also think that swimming in them in this video isn’t that bad or dangerous because there are no balls under water so if you were swimming under water you would be more safe I guess

  • rv706
    rv706 16 saat əvvəl

    "I'm getting a lot of balls in the face"...

  • Kid Devil
    Kid Devil Gün əvvəl

    All I heard was if I want a good workout is to make a fake company to buy some shade balls

  • Danny Martinez
    Danny Martinez Gün əvvəl

    (Lazarbeam has left the chat)

  • Hayley Wilson
    Hayley Wilson Gün əvvəl

    As a swimmer watching you swim freestyle with your fingers spread open was like watching a dolphin get hurt. Sorry

  • que te importa maestro
    que te importa maestro Gün əvvəl


  • coala cabuloso
    coala cabuloso Gün əvvəl

    Minicraft cosplay

  • Satvik Chaddha
    Satvik Chaddha Gün əvvəl

    1st dec: 2:14

  • WolfXBL
    WolfXBL 2 gün əvvəl +1

    Is it just me who was watching this normally until halfway through i wondered why the hell im watching this😂😂

  • pawan kumar
    pawan kumar 2 gün əvvəl

    Why they don't make cubes instead of a sphere, for a good sunlight blocking?

  • Isabelle Best
    Isabelle Best 2 gün əvvəl

    When he said it reminded him of drag at first I was so confused like, "what does this got to do with rupauls drag race? " 😂😂

  • my dad is unemployed
    my dad is unemployed 3 gün əvvəl

    i would keep this just for the workout

  • Its Just Nico
    Its Just Nico 3 gün əvvəl

    If it's a drinking thingy why are you driving a boat in it?

  • Joseph Hare
    Joseph Hare 3 gün əvvəl

    Nah this is just that one scene from the incredibles

  • Carson Chipman
    Carson Chipman 3 gün əvvəl


  • Marcos
    Marcos 3 gün əvvəl

    Imagine there are big balls in uranus, you could swim inside balls inside uranus

  • CLK 311
    CLK 311 4 gün əvvəl

    Out of alllll that bs tslking you did...n you didnt even touch what the title of the video is. Smh.

  • King Exil
    King Exil 4 gün əvvəl

    im too want ball in the Russia)

  • An_Annoying_Cat
    An_Annoying_Cat 4 gün əvvəl +1

    If electrons have found a way to flow through solid surfaces, then there has to be a way to move through shade balls.

  • KingCarrot Cake
    KingCarrot Cake 4 gün əvvəl

    7:06 When I try to do a dive into a pool...😆

    EXILE MEDIA 5 gün əvvəl +1

    This will be in a future mafia movie ... “tony is sleeping with the shade balls”

  • Life of Phy,rap,run!!!
    Life of Phy,rap,run!!! 5 gün əvvəl +3

    Did anyone see how quickly he picked up pace and how far he jumped?He's also a damn good athlete!!!

  • GamingBros ___
    GamingBros ___ 5 gün əvvəl


  • MaskedPanda
    MaskedPanda 5 gün əvvəl +7

    “But its kinda like quick sand!”

  • The Excellent Laborer
    The Excellent Laborer 5 gün əvvəl


  • Emma Bowe
    Emma Bowe 5 gün əvvəl +1

    As a swimmer its already hard enough to swim with just water, but with this it looks so painful.

  • 1,000 Subscribers With No Videos?

    Does anyone else think they look like that scene from Incredibles?

  • Grant Keizer
    Grant Keizer 5 gün əvvəl +2

    at 3:50 you can see the drone

  • Grant Keizer
    Grant Keizer 5 gün əvvəl


  • Grant Keizer
    Grant Keizer 5 gün əvvəl

    ya time to release the balls

  • Hannah G
    Hannah G 5 gün əvvəl

    my anxiety levels shot up real quick 😭

  • Myrihiff Duty
    Myrihiff Duty 6 gün əvvəl +1

    Veritasium 👍💯
    Who want veritasium goes to 🌙🌚
    Like 👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇

  • Carl Hammill
    Carl Hammill 6 gün əvvəl

    10,000 * .30 = $3,000 usd for him to do this.

  • Kaimalie
    Kaimalie 6 gün əvvəl

    I think I just witnessed suicide in the intro lol

  • Alec’s Channel!
    Alec’s Channel! 6 gün əvvəl

    sounds a bit wrong don’t ya think swimming in a pool of BLACK BALLS

  • Avafrank6 Basketball4life
    Avafrank6 Basketball4life 6 gün əvvəl +2

    3:25 yeah he jumped in but then theres the camera man😂

  • yuriannna
    yuriannna 6 gün əvvəl +6

    You can’t imagine how much anxiety this video is giving me. Also i can’t swim

  • leaselle
    leaselle 6 gün əvvəl

    This gives me so much anxiety

  • mkayla45
    mkayla45 6 gün əvvəl

    That's a great pool cover tho

  • AlyssaTheAlphaXO
    AlyssaTheAlphaXO 7 gün əvvəl

    “A lot of balls in the face!” Veritasium 2019

  • angel marte
    angel marte 7 gün əvvəl

    it seems that the US is doomed if left to the sheer idiocy that plagues its media.

  • Chanderdat Laltoo
    Chanderdat Laltoo 7 gün əvvəl

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

  • Overwhelming Surplus Of Diggity

    this gives me claustrophobia.

  • •GachaWøffles•
    •GachaWøffles• 8 gün əvvəl +68

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

  • Theo Kh
    Theo Kh 8 gün əvvəl

    0:10 do you mean incredi ball?

  • Eclipse :p
    Eclipse :p 8 gün əvvəl

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

  • Swiftalz -_-
    Swiftalz -_- 8 gün əvvəl

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

  • Hothkinstroy
    Hothkinstroy 8 gün əvvəl +2

    3:17 did this guy just jump in air?

  • Riley Sheldon
    Riley Sheldon 9 gün əvvəl

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

  • breadstick 'n'dip
    breadstick 'n'dip 9 gün əvvəl

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

  • Kundan
    Kundan 9 gün əvvəl

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

  • Juan Pablo Valencia
    Juan Pablo Valencia 9 gün əvvəl

    5:45 that's gotta hurt

  • Gleam シ
    Gleam シ 9 gün əvvəl


  • Rockstarfoxy Production's
    Rockstarfoxy Production's 9 gün əvvəl

    How will he get them all out

  • sauce slos
    sauce slos 10 gün əvvəl +1

    This gave me so much anxiety

  • Mario C90
    Mario C90 10 gün əvvəl +2

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

  • Taylor Churchill
    Taylor Churchill 10 gün əvvəl

    I would love to do this.

  • Hector Vitti
    Hector Vitti 10 gün əvvəl

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

  • Cup of Coco
    Cup of Coco 11 gün əvvəl +6

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