Can You Swim in Shade Balls?
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)"

  • Turtle Dude
    Turtle Dude

    What’s a shade ball?

  • Kotoha

    YOOO I just got my shade ball today. HUGE shoutouts to Veritasium for providing so much awesome science to the internet!!!

  • Coffeyville Science Girl
    Coffeyville Science Girl

    It came! 10:03

  • Amazing Amatsu
    Amazing Amatsu

    Ball 4293 reporting in thank you so so much

  • Erick the Goat guy
    Erick the Goat guy

    Thank you for the shade ball

  • Frozen Gamez
    Frozen Gamez

    its like swimming in boba tea xD

  • loganboi

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

  • Thomas Hope
    Thomas Hope

    Thank you for shadeball #4127!

  • BassFishingStud

    Swimming in giant caviar

  • Tyrone Scott
    Tyrone Scott

    Use a surf bord to skate across the shave ball

  • Bristol Lewis
    Bristol Lewis

    What is a shade ball

  • sebas C
    sebas C

    2:14 That's what she said!

  • Lightning rainbow
    Lightning rainbow


  • mini_eilish YT
    mini_eilish YT

    *Venom has entered the chat*

  • qwerty uiop
    qwerty uiop

    too many balls

  • Carver Hamilton
    Carver Hamilton

    me to i dont know

  • James Deleon
    James Deleon

    I saw you spit on those balls ewwwww

  • JJ Kirby
    JJ Kirby

    I got shade ball #4436

  • V S
    V S

    How long did it take to get them all out?

  • Ribbons gloss
    Ribbons gloss

    10:00 is that a toilet back there?

  • Ribbons gloss
    Ribbons gloss

    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

    6:45 your welcome :)

  • Christian Andrei Ocon
    Christian Andrei Ocon

    Swimming in large scale caviar eggs😂

  • Matt Burch
    Matt Burch

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

  • sad tulip
    sad tulip

    i wanna bite them

  • Gigabloodhawk

    your so close to atomic, its unbearable xD

  • Conner Miller
    Conner Miller

    3:50 thats tripy

  • JaxSwat

    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

    I got my shade ball!!!

  • H M
    H M

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

  • Richard Christopher Selmours
    Richard Christopher Selmours

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

  • Jennifer Gallegos
    Jennifer Gallegos


  • Kyle

    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

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

  • Thomas Lawson
    Thomas Lawson

    I received ball number 2929 Thank you.

  • Scott Reser
    Scott Reser

    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

    just got my shade ball. thx bro :D

  • Jakob Jakobson
    Jakob Jakobson

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

  • Gacha Grape
    Gacha Grape

    So much science in this vid

  • Robert McCain
    Robert McCain

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

  • Odin

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

  • Daniel Velinov
    Daniel Velinov

    Reminds me of Empty Walls video :D

  • _ C_
    _ C_

    Received mine #3893 20/07/18

  • Deep hug
    Deep hug

    Dude keep your fingers together.

  • Fight Food - Boxing Stories
    Fight Food - Boxing Stories

    My balls are always in the shade

  • Rhys Evans
    Rhys Evans

    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 IT-myrs. Thanks again! Shipping to the UK and everywhere else must have cost a fortune!

  • Salvi

    Got mine #8159

    • Deep hug
      Deep hug

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

  • Rob Alinder
    Rob Alinder

    I just received my shadeball. #450!

  • Notification Squad
    Notification Squad

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

  • Notification Squad
    Notification Squad

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

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

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

  • Raymonds Entertainment
    Raymonds Entertainment

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

  • Taylor taylor
    Taylor taylor

    He loves them balls in his face

  • shanedestroyer

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

    • Wat Dat
      Wat Dat

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

  • Firealarm102

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

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

      me too!

  • Rebekah Welsh
    Rebekah Welsh

    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

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

  • Anthony TeixeirA
    Anthony TeixeirA

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

    • Amrit Chandhok
      Amrit Chandhok

      I got #5258

  • SarocTurtleGaming

    I have ball #7966 !!!

  • Spalone Babagoosegooties
    Spalone Babagoosegooties

    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


  • Shucheng Chao
    Shucheng Chao

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

  • TheEAtoday

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

    • Jessica Potts
      Jessica Potts

      Hope you had a great day

    • Jessica Potts
      Jessica Potts


  • daniel mcCann
    daniel mcCann

    Dude keep your fingers together.

  • Monique Doyle
    Monique Doyle

    Anxiety 🥴🥴🥴

  • Cassidy Anthony
    Cassidy Anthony

    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

    3:46 thats what she said

  • Kroneru

    Received mines today. Thanks.

  • Barry Young
    Barry Young

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

  • Starfire Technology
    Starfire Technology

    Just recieved ball 5177 today! Thanks!

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