Can You Swim in Shade Balls?

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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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Kroneru Годину тому
Received mines today. Thanks.
Barry Young
Barry Young 2 години тому
Cool video. Got my Shade Ball in the mail today. Keep up the kool vids!
Starfire Technology
Starfire Technology 3 години тому
Just recieved ball 5177 today! Thanks!
Khiem Huynh
Khiem Huynh 5 годин тому
Can I swim in that too
Sara Ryan
Sara Ryan 8 годин тому
I love youuuuuuuuuu 😋😋😋😋
Horizon Freeze
Horizon Freeze 17 годин тому
3:44 he prob used to it by now
Marlomen Sarsuelo
Marlomen Sarsuelo 19 годин тому
That breaststroke tho
Julia Friedman-Parks
Julia Friedman-Parks 19 годин тому
Why does this Video give me some cool ideas
Vivian Trinh
Vivian Trinh 21 годину тому
Can you REALLY swim in Shade Balls?
GameCorruption's 22 години тому
can yow run on them
Kid 8v8teR
Kid 8v8teR 23 години тому
What is a shade ball
Bruna Lopes
Bruna Lopes День тому
shouldnt the balls be white? black attracks more sunlight therefore more heat
TheLastDogInTown День тому
3:53 who else saw the drone shadow
princess lib
princess lib День тому
can you stay under there for 2 min
Rob Anderson
Rob Anderson День тому
His guy is like a rip-off Mark Rober
Dan Hayes
Dan Hayes День тому
Hey Derek. Longtime viewer and subscriber here. I watched your video explaining where the channel may go in the future and how UAwomen'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 UAwomen dragon. Just wanted to chime in. Hope you have success promoting science in whichever fashion works best for you. -Dan
Freddie Gladwin
Freddie Gladwin День тому
Try and run across a pool of shade balls
Сергей Павлов
Сергей Павлов День тому
give me please 1 balls = )
5oo metors
5oo metors День тому
4:19 what a turtle beach mike sounds like when pluging it in
5oo metors
5oo metors День тому
Here some asma 8:02
RiskAttack День тому
3:43 😐
Shugrrr Shark
Shugrrr Shark День тому
What is a Shade ball?
VidsWithRiah День тому
Him: my friends are better swimmers His friend: *bellyflops*
VidsWithRiah День тому
Why didn't he cuff his hands when freestyle.
Crafty Girl
Crafty Girl День тому
My question is how is he gonna get them out
jerbear gaming
jerbear gaming День тому
what ar shade balls
killerblob undead
killerblob undead День тому
It is just me or at 5:57 its odly satisfying
Nathan Bryan
Nathan Bryan 2 дні тому
what is a shade ball?
sherlyn rivera
sherlyn rivera 2 дні тому
LifeWithLonna periodt
LifeWithLonna periodt 2 дні тому
and i thought he was gonna drown
LifeWithLonna periodt
LifeWithLonna periodt 2 дні тому
why are they called shade balls?
Joseph Christian Cuyugan
Joseph Christian Cuyugan 2 дні тому
Can i have one of those?
Riley Chalmers
Riley Chalmers 2 дні тому
He swam perfectly how can he not swim?
Pazelloxu 2 дні тому
They look like Tapioca Pearls or Boba.
Amy Alley
Amy Alley 2 дні тому
for some reason this will make me scared soo i wont do it
Omar Siddiqi
Omar Siddiqi 2 дні тому
Balls are in the mail!!!!!! And I'm getting one! ✌️😍🥰😀😁😎
Kate Caldwell
Kate Caldwell 2 дні тому
“A lotta balls in my face” Micheal Scott... THATS WHAT SHE SAID!!
TheBattleBro 2 дні тому
Its like he is in a giant bowl of cocoa puffs
Dusty Honey
Dusty Honey 2 дні тому
It was so beautiful when they showed what it looks from underneath. I’d want to go under all of them just to look at that.
Mercedez Gwinner
Mercedez Gwinner 2 дні тому
good luck with cleaning that up
pingcheng zuo
pingcheng zuo 2 дні тому
I just became one of Chlorine because I wanted to have a shadow ball. PLEASE
Jordynn Hemphill
Jordynn Hemphill 2 дні тому
Balls in my face.....
Čøøkīės n' Çrëam
Čøøkīės n' Çrëam 2 дні тому
3:44 That will be are future full of plastic...
Nebosvod gonzalez
Nebosvod gonzalez 3 дні тому
just Recycle them
Michael Ganzer
Michael Ganzer 3 дні тому
Now, this very video finally made me become one of your Lithium patreons, quite sure to go up the ranks - and a patreon at all for my very first time. Thank you so much for you videos and for your scientific and entertaining insight. Not long ago I watched your personal story. This is when I found myself to understand your deep dig into your own motivation. I'm glad that you've made it so far. Keep up with your good work! I spared a bootle of my selfmade wine for you, just in case I'll ever meet you, I'll bring it along.
Emely 3 дні тому
Emely 3 дні тому
What are shade balls?
shelbel82 3 дні тому
I live in Alabama so we don't get a lot
Michael Anderson
Michael Anderson 3 дні тому
Alright, you’re kind of throwing some shade at us with this one.
Live By Faith
Live By Faith 3 дні тому
It look like a boba tea lol
Nutella 3 дні тому
Nobody gonna talk about how he jumped so far?
Mark Thompson
Mark Thompson 3 дні тому
PorkNotBeef 3 дні тому
The near perfect alignment of those balls and the amount of sound is trippin' me out.
Paul Kinder
Paul Kinder 4 дні тому
Just be honest....the thought of all those black balls made you horney.
iTravel Sports
iTravel Sports 4 дні тому
How coooool!
cmdeane 4 дні тому
what a waste of money
Whitney Sims
Whitney Sims 4 дні тому
Y does this remind me of co co puffs😂
NotCharging 4 дні тому
Wait...couldn’t you just put shade balls over your pool in the winter with a tarp?
Blobby YT
Blobby YT 4 дні тому
Its bad for the nature because its plastic
Ava Gomez
Ava Gomez 4 дні тому
this just gave me anxiety
Vorcefull Vorce
Vorcefull Vorce 4 дні тому
How u get them all out
Herbert Coleman
Herbert Coleman 4 дні тому
I hope I'm not too late to get a shade ball.
Shade Jamison
Shade Jamison 4 дні тому
😶 "Shade" balls..... My name is shade.... 😳
A Youtuber
A Youtuber 4 дні тому
His poor wrist, imagine signing something 10,000 times
Candy Lover
Candy Lover 4 дні тому
Do NOT do this at home😉👍
Faux Falconry
Faux Falconry 4 дні тому
This made my asthma cry on the inside
best videos
best videos 4 дні тому
I need please .....
Paula J
Paula J 4 дні тому
Jessie Dizon
Jessie Dizon 5 днів тому
Did you using it to create static energy with chargeable battery inside it goes through a static inside a spinning thing that create static like a duster it creates static when using it so this spinning thing are like that to creating static when its fully charge the battery goes in one collected area of the ball that fully charge again in this collected ball here is the ball with chargeable battery are being drained of its static energy then it goes back again to the spinning static to charge the chargeable battery in the collected ball this are going to spinning like a spiral or drill that fits one ball going back to the spinning static to charge again when the chargeable battery are used as a electricity up the spiral like drill will push it back to spinning static to charge again? ⚡🔆👽
Killer Kat
Killer Kat 5 днів тому
I'm gonna be a hater here for a second but I have been swimming for almost 8 years now and their swimming wash TERRIBLE I am not a hater it just really annoyed me. I seriously love this channel so pls don't kill meh!
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