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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  • Erick the Goat guy
    Erick the Goat guy 33 dəqiqə əvvəl +1

    Thank you for the shade ball

  • Frozen Gamez
    Frozen Gamez Saat əvvəl

    its like swimming in boba tea xD

  • loganboi
    loganboi 4 saat əvvəl

    9:24 OHHHH this is where they got the water bucket noise from in Minecraft

  • Thomas Hope
    Thomas Hope 6 saat əvvəl

    Thank you for shadeball #4127!

  • BassFishingStud
    BassFishingStud 14 saat əvvəl

    Swimming in giant caviar

  • Tyrone Scott
    Tyrone Scott 15 saat əvvəl

    Use a surf bord to skate across the shave ball

  • Bristol Lewis
    Bristol Lewis 15 saat əvvəl

    What is a shade ball

  • sebas C
    sebas C 16 saat əvvəl

    2:14 That's what she said!

  • Lightning rainbow
    Lightning rainbow 18 saat əvvəl


  • mini_eilish YT
    mini_eilish YT 20 saat əvvəl

    *Venom has entered the chat*

  • qwerty uiop
    qwerty uiop 21 saat əvvəl

    too many balls

  • Carver Hamilton
    Carver Hamilton 22 saat əvvəl

    me to
    i dont know

  • James Deleon
    James Deleon 22 saat əvvəl

    I saw you spit on those balls ewwwww

  • JJ Kirby
    JJ Kirby Gün əvvəl

    I got shade ball #4436

  • V S
    V S Gün əvvəl

    How long did it take to get them all out?

  • Ribbons gloss
    Ribbons gloss Gün əvvəl

    10:00 is that a toilet back there?

  • Ribbons gloss
    Ribbons gloss Gün əvvəl

    heres the do you get them out? btw when i saw the thumbnail i thought they where the balls from uhh whats it called? the movie about emotions and they controll a girls brain? yeah in dream world they remind me of where joy swaam in the memory balls that went grey just me? ;-; okay fine then

  • Migz Llamas
    Migz Llamas Gün əvvəl

    6:45 your welcome :)

  • Christian Andrei Ocon
    Christian Andrei Ocon Gün əvvəl

    Swimming in large scale caviar eggs😂

  • Matt Burch
    Matt Burch Gün əvvəl +1

    i got my ball today!!! #4595! thanks for the awesome giveaway to the patreons!!

  • sad tulip
    sad tulip Gün əvvəl

    i wanna bite them

  • Gigabloodhawk
    Gigabloodhawk Gün əvvəl

    your so close to atomic, its unbearable xD

  • Conner Miller
    Conner Miller Gün əvvəl

    3:50 thats tripy

  • JaxSwat
    JaxSwat Gün əvvəl

    Wow I just received my Shade ball in the mail today. #9284 . This is awesome. This was amazing that you sent this to me. It’s a little heavier and harder than I thought it would be. What an cool thing to have and show my friends. Thank again .. Fan for life! 👍

  • Daniel A
    Daniel A Gün əvvəl

    I got my shade ball!!!

  • H M
    H M Gün əvvəl

    My question is why ? Why spend what 4-5 thousand for curiosity sake?

  • Richard Christopher Selmours

    I cringed watching him swim freestyle with his hands wide open 😭

  • Jennifer Gallegos
    Jennifer Gallegos Gün əvvəl


  • Kyle
    Kyle Gün əvvəl +2

    I got my shade ball #8684 today thank you so much Dr. Muller!
    Is the Signature DM Ve? I think so but can’t really tell.

  • Jazzy
    Jazzy Gün əvvəl +2

    Got my shade ball today :D #7817 thanks so much!

  • Thomas Lawson
    Thomas Lawson Gün əvvəl +1

    I received ball number 2929 Thank you.

  • Scott Reser
    Scott Reser Gün əvvəl +1

    I received my shade ball. signed and numbered is so cool. these are great. thanks for sending me one. I watched this video and now I have one from it. that's cool.

  • some autistic guy
    some autistic guy 2 gün əvvəl +2

    just got my shade ball. thx bro :D

  • Jakob Jakobson
    Jakob Jakobson 2 gün əvvəl +1

    just got my signed shadeball today! thank you, this is a very cool thing to have

  • Gacha Grape
    Gacha Grape 2 gün əvvəl

    So much science in this vid

  • Robert McCain
    Robert McCain 2 gün əvvəl +2

    I got my ball today. So happy. My girlfriend thinks I'm crazy.

  • Odin
    Odin 2 gün əvvəl +3

    Got mine #7157 Thank you ! My wife can't understand what do i need it for :D

  • Daniel Velinov
    Daniel Velinov 2 gün əvvəl

    Reminds me of Empty Walls video :D

  • _ C_
    _ C_ 2 gün əvvəl +2

    Received mine #3893 20/07/18

  • Deep hug
    Deep hug 2 gün əvvəl

    Dude keep your fingers together.

  • Fight Food - Boxing Stories

    My balls are always in the shade

  • Rhys Evans
    Rhys Evans 2 gün əvvəl +2

    I received my shade ball today! (20/07/2019) thanks so much! It means so much to me that I now own and can physically touch and hold something that 35M people have watched in a video and one held by one of my favourite AZcliprs. Thanks again! Shipping to the UK and everywhere else must have cost a fortune!

  • Salvi
    Salvi 2 gün əvvəl

    Got mine #8159

    • Deep hug
      Deep hug 2 gün əvvəl +1

      HOLY SHEET I actually just got my SHADE BALL in the mail! Thanks! its dope

  • Rob Alinder
    Rob Alinder 2 gün əvvəl +3

    I just received my shadeball. #450!

  • Notification Squad
    Notification Squad 2 gün əvvəl +1

    This video gave me a mini heart attack as a lifeguard.

  • Notification Squad
    Notification Squad 2 gün əvvəl +3

    Got my ball, #5606. This guy is a legend!

  • 1,000 SUBS WITH 2 VIDEOS
    1,000 SUBS WITH 2 VIDEOS 2 gün əvvəl

    Just got my shade ball in today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #5332

  • Raymonds Entertainment
    Raymonds Entertainment 2 gün əvvəl

    Did the shade balls hurt your skin balls when you jumped in?

  • Taylor taylor
    Taylor taylor 2 gün əvvəl

    He loves them balls in his face

  • shanedestroyer
    shanedestroyer 2 gün əvvəl +4

    Just got my ball, completely forgot about it. #230 cool, thanks!

    • Wat Dat
      Wat Dat 2 gün əvvəl +1

      Damn, nice. I was late to the party and got #7782

  • Firealarm102
    Firealarm102 2 gün əvvəl +5

    Ayy!!! Just got my signed ball today!! #9,165

  • Rebekah Welsh
    Rebekah Welsh 2 gün əvvəl +1

    Man 1 "It's time to release the balls!"
    Man2 *starts pulling panties down*
    "No! The shade balls ,not your balls!"
    Man 2 " uww😐"
    Man1 * slaps face*

  • Delve
    Delve 3 gün əvvəl +2

    Just got my shadeball, Derek! I can't begin to describe how excited I am! Thanks!

  • Anthony TeixeirA
    Anthony TeixeirA 3 gün əvvəl +4

    I just got mine I was so confused what this random package was in the mail ball number 5615

  • SarocTurtleGaming
    SarocTurtleGaming 3 gün əvvəl +2

    I have ball #7966 !!!

  • Spalone Babagoosegooties
    Spalone Babagoosegooties 3 gün əvvəl +1

    Just got my shadeball yesterday! No idea what I'm gonna do with it, but it's certainly a conversation piece.

  • Kady Overby
    Kady Overby 3 gün əvvəl


  • Shucheng Chao
    Shucheng Chao 3 gün əvvəl +1

    I can't believe I actually received a shade ball today! Thank you Derek you are THE BEST!!!!!

  • TheEAtoday
    TheEAtoday 3 gün əvvəl +3

    HOLY SHEET I actually just got my SHADE BALL in the mail! Thanks! its dope

  • daniel mcCann
    daniel mcCann 3 gün əvvəl

    Dude keep your fingers together.

  • Monique Doyle
    Monique Doyle 3 gün əvvəl

    Anxiety 🥴🥴🥴

  • Cassidy Anthony
    Cassidy Anthony 3 gün əvvəl +2

    Roses are red
    Murder is to
    Did I see a drone shadow
    YAY I got a like
    Wait why is it blue

  • Kyan Kohler
    Kyan Kohler 3 gün əvvəl

    3:46 thats what she said

  • Kroneru
    Kroneru 3 gün əvvəl +2

    Received mines today. Thanks.

  • Barry Young
    Barry Young 3 gün əvvəl +2

    Cool video. Got my Shade Ball in the mail today. Keep up the kool vids!

  • Starfire Technology
    Starfire Technology 4 gün əvvəl +4

    Just recieved ball 5177 today! Thanks!

  • Khiem Huynh
    Khiem Huynh 4 gün əvvəl

    Can I swim in that too

  • Sara Ryan
    Sara Ryan 4 gün əvvəl

    I love youuuuuuuuuu 😋😋😋😋

  • Horizon Freeze
    Horizon Freeze 4 gün əvvəl

    3:44 he prob used to it by now

  • Marlomen Sarsuelo
    Marlomen Sarsuelo 4 gün əvvəl

    That breaststroke tho

  • Julia Friedman-Parks
    Julia Friedman-Parks 4 gün əvvəl

    Why does this Video give me some cool ideas

  • Vivian Trinh
    Vivian Trinh 4 gün əvvəl

    Can you REALLY swim in Shade Balls?

  • GameCorruption's
    GameCorruption's 4 gün əvvəl

    can yow run on them

  • Kid 8v8teR
    Kid 8v8teR 4 gün əvvəl

    What is a shade ball

  • Bruna Lopes
    Bruna Lopes 4 gün əvvəl

    shouldnt the balls be white? black attracks more sunlight therefore more heat

  • TheLastDogInTown
    TheLastDogInTown 5 gün əvvəl

    3:53 who else saw the drone shadow

  • princess lib
    princess lib 5 gün əvvəl

    can you stay under there for 2 min

  • Rob Anderson
    Rob Anderson 5 gün əvvəl

    His guy is like a rip-off Mark Rober

  • Dan Hayes
    Dan Hayes 5 gün əvvəl

    Hey Derek. Longtime viewer and subscriber here. I watched your video explaining where the channel may go in the future and how AZclip's algorithms work so I appreciate the fair warning, but this has been your first video that felt clickbaity to me. And I don't mean the title, I mean the actual content. This type of video sorta goes into Mark Rober territory- a fun, wacky video with a little science to justify it, but what I come to you for is the science presented with authenticity and thoughtfulness. To me, this is your brand. Then again, Mark Rober's videos get tens of millions of views, so I do not fault you for trying to chase the AZclip dragon.

    Just wanted to chime in. Hope you have success promoting science in whichever fashion works best for you.


    • Kyle
      Kyle Gün əvvəl

      Dan Hayes Shut up, loser. This isn’t clickbait at all. I don’t think you understand what the term means. He completely delivered on the topic mentioned in the title and thumbnail.

  • Freddie Gladwin
    Freddie Gladwin 5 gün əvvəl

    Try and run across a pool of shade balls

  • Сергей Павлов
    Сергей Павлов 5 gün əvvəl

    give me please 1 balls = )

  • 5oo metors
    5oo metors 5 gün əvvəl

    4:19 what a turtle beach mike sounds like when pluging it in

  • 5oo metors
    5oo metors 5 gün əvvəl

    Here some asma 8:02

  • RiskAttack
    RiskAttack 5 gün əvvəl

    3:43 😐

  • Shugrrr Shark
    Shugrrr Shark 5 gün əvvəl

    What is a Shade ball?

  • VidsWithRiah
    VidsWithRiah 5 gün əvvəl

    Him: my friends are better swimmers
    His friend: *bellyflops*

  • VidsWithRiah
    VidsWithRiah 5 gün əvvəl

    Why didn't he cuff his hands when freestyle.

  • Crafty Girl
    Crafty Girl 5 gün əvvəl

    My question is how is he gonna get them out

  • jerbear gaming
    jerbear gaming 5 gün əvvəl

    what ar shade balls

  • killerblob undead
    killerblob undead 5 gün əvvəl

    It is just me or at 5:57 its odly satisfying

  • Nathan Bryan
    Nathan Bryan 5 gün əvvəl

    what is a shade ball?

  • sherlyn rivera
    sherlyn rivera 5 gün əvvəl

    THAT IS SO COOLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LifeWithLonna periodt
    LifeWithLonna periodt 5 gün əvvəl

    and i thought he was gonna drown

  • LifeWithLonna periodt
    LifeWithLonna periodt 5 gün əvvəl

    why are they called shade balls?

  • Joseph Christian Cuyugan
    Joseph Christian Cuyugan 6 gün əvvəl

    Can i have one of those?

  • Riley Chalmers
    Riley Chalmers 6 gün əvvəl

    He swam perfectly how can he not swim?

  • Pazelloxu
    Pazelloxu 6 gün əvvəl

    They look like Tapioca Pearls or Boba.

  • Amy Alley
    Amy Alley 6 gün əvvəl

    for some reason this will make me scared soo i wont do it

  • Omar Siddiqi
    Omar Siddiqi 6 gün əvvəl

    Balls are in the mail!!!!!! And I'm getting one! ✌️😍🥰😀😁😎

  • Kate Caldwell
    Kate Caldwell 6 gün əvvəl +2

    “A lotta balls in my face”
    Micheal Scott... THATS WHAT SHE SAID!!