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)"

  • Gleam シ
    Gleam シ


  • Rockstarfoxy Production's
    Rockstarfoxy Production's

    How will he get them all out

  • sauce slos
    sauce slos

    This gave me so much anxiety

  • Mario C90
    Mario C90

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

  • Taylor Churchill
    Taylor Churchill

    I would love to do this.

  • Hector Vitti
    Hector Vitti

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

  • Panda slimzz
    Panda slimzz

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

  • Carl Ruby Højland Nielsen
    Carl Ruby Højland Nielsen

    Tbh i had no idea what a shade ball was i just clicked cause it looked like those balls from The Imcredibles

  • Andrew Chadwick
    Andrew Chadwick

    8:02 me trying to swim

  • iays

    cant you swim under it and come up for air wvery 10 seconds or so

  • MrDarkWolf ツ
    MrDarkWolf ツ

    Below water of the balls is sick!

  • Nicholicious

    The school thot at a pool party: 3:41

  • Angelica Poh
    Angelica Poh

    It looks like metal atoms

  • Mr Gaming 2007
    Mr Gaming 2007

    Is it just me or does this remind you of that scene from the incredibles where all the balls blasted him and started sticking to him

  • TheMostEpicPairOfSocks

    I actually held my breath right before he jumped in without realizing.

  • Talant Ziadinov
    Talant Ziadinov

    if you wanna swim trough you have to take deep breaths and dive under it and come up so u can take a break, with the help of the balls staying on the sruface shouldnt be so exhausting ;)

  • Davis Harry
    Davis Harry


  • MsNooneinparticular

    We're in that weird part of IT-my again, kids.

  • Leticia Pereira
    Leticia Pereira

    my god my anxiety is KILLING ME

  • Captain Morgan IV
    Captain Morgan IV

    But it's kinda like quicksa-*csapcshdhakshdhdjd*

  • gloten gloat
    gloten gloat

    You're a dumbass

  • JL - 08BN - Thomas Street MS (1654)
    JL - 08BN - Thomas Street MS (1654)

    That's a lot of tapioca

  • sarah docinho
    sarah docinho

    Meu sonho

  • A Unfamiliar Account.
    A Unfamiliar Account.


  • Insert Minecraft Meme Here
    Insert Minecraft Meme Here

    "I am swimming... but I'm getting a lot of *balls* in my face."

  • Trump's Neck Vagina
    Trump's Neck Vagina

    You got a lot of balls😲

  • Leon Chung
    Leon Chung

    Looks like caviar from drone view

  • Hafextas

    this reminds me of The Incredibles part when bob is thrown at with this black sticky balls

  • Brittany Walls
    Brittany Walls

    DO NOT TRY AT HOME!!!!!!!

  • Sordid Bacon
    Sordid Bacon

    He had at least 3 bags left

  • Lord Humungous
    Lord Humungous

    Clean up must have been a bitch

  • Music Tho
    Music Tho

    How awesome would it be if we could breathe under water? Like we just hold our breath but we never run out of it. How cool would it be to take a weight and put yourself down there and look at the water and the light above you and just stay there.

  • Abhijeet Singh
    Abhijeet Singh

    Looked like he was setting himself up for drowning...jeez

  • Thushara Buddhika
    Thushara Buddhika

    Is he swimming?

  • Anim MusicTM
    Anim MusicTM

    A great place to hide in horror movies

  • Khoaeash Dhawan
    Khoaeash Dhawan

    How he signed 10,000 balls

  • Solari Saint-amour
    Solari Saint-amour

    If you almost died how you are saved

  • Minemaster2112

    What is a shade ball

  • Twitter vBrxzzzy
    Twitter vBrxzzzy

    Can’t swim in it but u can driv boat in ut

  • Andre

    Thought i heard shitballs...say it faster

  • Amy Playz
    Amy Playz

    But is kinda cool

  • Amy Playz
    Amy Playz

    Lol slow mode

  • Amy Playz
    Amy Playz

    You might drown

  • Amy Playz
    Amy Playz

    No I don’t think so it will be super hard

  • Tommy Bradfield
    Tommy Bradfield

    Well mr incredible couldn’t get through them so...

  • TronGamer38

    How is he gonna get those out of the pool?! Lol

  • Gaming Utility
    Gaming Utility

    So u cant swim in drinking reservoar but u cant drive freaking titanic over there..... Khm 😑

  • Charlize Berkheimer
    Charlize Berkheimer

    When he jumped in i was like "Ouch"

  • Reaching 10000 subs without videos before 2020
    Reaching 10000 subs without videos before 2020

    After done swimming in shade balls Verisatium: *So what now?*

  • Vahag Yengibaryan
    Vahag Yengibaryan

    Me after No Nut November 2:14

  • Candy Monay
    Candy Monay

    I want to know how long it takes to get them out of the pool...

  • Craig Sekowski
    Craig Sekowski

    Begs the question, is this really an affective solution

  • Tristan Salyer
    Tristan Salyer

    You could say he’s balls deep

  • The owner Of gaming
    The owner Of gaming

    Pours a bunch of balls Filter:am I a joke to you?

  • Xil_ilty. VT
    Xil_ilty. VT

    3:44 quote of the year

  • Virginia W
    Virginia W

    Well, ask Mr Incredible.

  • Mikee 1234444
    Mikee 1234444

    I’d like to see Michael Phelps swim through shade balls.

  • Tim Karlowitz
    Tim Karlowitz

    He is still signing to this day

  • Imajhine

    No one: IT-my: wanna see balls

  • bulbo toro
    bulbo toro

    this was damn ovbious, why did i even watch it

  • Wazzup Leo
    Wazzup Leo

    The way how the shade balls are flat on the water looks satisfying.

  • The Science Kitty
    The Science Kitty

    4:00 I feel like I’m breathing water

  • Marián Hyčko
    Marián Hyčko

    I can´t swim.. Recommendation: Put down your clothes. Funny video by the way.

  • Diavolo

    I felt like i was gonna drown myself during the whole video

  • TripleC

    When you first out the balls in, it looked like caviar

  • Michelle Zhou
    Michelle Zhou

    2:16 - 2:45 looks like ants devouring some leftovers my skin is crawling now

  • Caden Harkness
    Caden Harkness

    3:41 #homosexual

  • Violent Flower
    Violent Flower

    Butterfly and Breath Stroke are freaking evil!!!! I had to do Breath Stroke for a time trial and lets just say it didn't go so well 😂

  • Carter Nguyen
    Carter Nguyen

    1:07 invisible box

  • Suthin Scientist
    Suthin Scientist

    Living in a house with a pool in LA, you know Derek Muller I'd fairly rich! I recon Derek has an income of at least $360,000 a year.

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