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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 epidemicsound.com "Dubstep Mammoth 2" "Finally Here (Instrumental)" "The Last Arrival" "Sundown Love (Instrumental)"

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13 Jun 2019

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EthanPlaysYT
EthanPlaysYT 2 horas atrás
3:26 vue cinemas bass drop
cleetu s
cleetu s 5 horas atrás
Do a pool filled with jello
James Emirzian Waldementer
Operation Dark River
Michael James
Michael James 5 horas atrás
Does the shade balls pollute the ocean
BangGamer 1338 YT VN/ENG
If drowning, this one useful Or not. Maybe?
Mango! Animates
Mango! Animates 10 horas atrás
*when racist came over and invade america*
Z Z
Z Z 15 horas atrás
8:12 LOL
Bill Sabado
Bill Sabado 18 horas atrás
I thought BRvid was recommending me a snuff film
NiKKo_xD
NiKKo_xD Dia atrás
The pain is gettin em out
Mtt Lsa
Mtt Lsa Dia atrás
you can't swim in it because is a drinking reservoir but you can drive a boat?
skudzer1985
skudzer1985 Dia atrás
Just a few bros playing with their balls in the pool.
Lil Shadow
Lil Shadow Dia atrás
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
TGC Fortnite Clan
It’s like venom eating your pool
Kushman 420 TV
Kushman 420 TV Dia atrás
Gota swim in shade balls
Nolan Games
Nolan Games Dia atrás
*no did you see how mr incredible was with them*
NOMASAN
NOMASAN Dia atrás
what do you do with 10.000 shade balls? SHADE BALL CANNON / LAUNCHER
NOMASAN
NOMASAN Dia atrás
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.
NOMASAN
NOMASAN Dia atrás
pause at 6:01... for a mildly terrifying image
NOMASAN
NOMASAN Dia atrás
I am getting a lot of balls in my face... that's something i didn't expect
ReisLouis
ReisLouis 2 dias atrás
it looks like caviar 😂
GJ SIX 8
GJ SIX 8 Dia atrás
It looks like negro spawn.
AdamK 2099
AdamK 2099 2 dias atrás
How the hell did u get them out?
Samuel James
Samuel James 2 dias atrás
I automaticly thought about that scene from incredibles when I saw this
사루사루
사루사루 2 dias atrás
시발 유튜브 알고리즘
Jiro Matias
Jiro Matias 2 dias atrás
Hey can you walk to the shade balls
Best freind With a cat
I thought I was dumb😂😂🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️
cyvelle nikko marcera
cyvelle nikko marcera 2 dias atrás
amazing 👌
ValiantsFelines McCarty
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.
ponchinpollo
ponchinpollo 2 dias atrás
this video gave me so much anxiety
Hyper Sans
Hyper Sans 2 dias atrás
I would like to buy your signed balls please.
Martin Verner
Martin Verner 3 dias atrás
I brought some of my old college buddies over so we can get balls in our face one more time!
Sarom Son
Sarom Son 4 dias atrás
It’s looks like giant boba who else agrees? 👇
Kostas5807
Kostas5807 2 dias atrás
I subbed you pls sub me
Tenderizer17
Tenderizer17 4 dias atrás
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.
Vince Gruss
Vince Gruss 4 dias atrás
Why is it dangerous
Eviegamergg 123
Eviegamergg 123 4 dias atrás
2:13 Quote of the year peeps. Quote of the year
Isaac Naughton
Isaac Naughton 5 dias atrás
So much awesome physics here: Lattice/crystalline formation, drag, light interference patterns, fluid dynamics.. the list goes on.
John Doe
John Doe 5 dias atrás
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.
Jim Druckenmiller
Jim Druckenmiller 5 dias atrás
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?
Jr the gamer Jason
Jr the gamer Jason 7 dias atrás
???
Jr the gamer Jason
Jr the gamer Jason 7 dias atrás
What would happen if you swam in a pool full of shade balls without water
Julian Wanless
Julian Wanless 7 dias atrás
Signing each one? Wow that's a lot of signing, about 30 years if you do one every day
Ashish Kumar
Ashish Kumar 7 dias atrás
This man is crazy !
Gacha Rasberry :3
Gacha Rasberry :3 7 dias atrás
9:34 nice wewe
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ᄋᄋ 7 dias atrás
형 안아파?
Prime nmd
Prime nmd 7 dias atrás
This reminds me of that scene from robots when the guy is stuffing in dominoes
Anoop Sidhu
Anoop Sidhu 8 dias atrás
Doesn't it hurt when he went frount first in the pool ??
K Deronimo
K Deronimo 8 dias atrás
bt what about shade balls and snow shoes
Your Fun & Activity's with DIVYANSH DEWANGAN
you stupid amazing youtuber this is dangerous
Weirdo
Weirdo 8 dias atrás
How fast can the Naruto runners go 1 like = 1 mph 👇🏻
FBI
FBI 8 dias atrás
I wonder how much time it takes to take all of them out
Тетяна Говорко
WoW) cool
chan lian
chan lian 9 dias atrás
I got one of the shade ball thank you!
Zoie Hayes
Zoie Hayes 10 dias atrás
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
Terri_Lynn
Terri_Lynn 10 dias atrás
My G*d, I felt short of breath watching these guys!
Kanal von Hupensohn
Kanal von Hupensohn 8 dias atrás
Why'd you censor God?
80 HD
80 HD 10 dias atrás
getting a lot of balls in the face
Alfiya A
Alfiya A 10 dias atrás
Feels like Swimming in caviar pool 🏊‍♀️🤣😂😅🙋🏻‍♀️
Богдан Григорьев
Please send me the ball to Ukraine. Thank in advance!
Богдан Григорьев
Reply me on this message and I will send you the adress!
maria hernandez
maria hernandez 11 dias atrás
Did you guys see in 3:52 that there was a drone hovering over the shade balls?
Sophia Cunningham
Sophia Cunningham 11 dias atrás
Wait what are shade balls why were they in the river
Holly Lamovsky
Holly Lamovsky 11 dias atrás
u got over a ton
Donna Anderton
Donna Anderton 11 dias atrás
Wtf is shade balls
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