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)"

  • Freddie Gladwin
    Freddie Gladwin

    Try and run across a pool of shade balls

  • Сергей Павлов
    Сергей Павлов

    give me please 1 balls = )

  • 5oo metors
    5oo metors

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

  • 5oo metors
    5oo metors

    Here some asma 8:02

  • RiskAttack

    3:43 😐

  • Shugrrr Shark
    Shugrrr Shark

    What is a Shade ball?

  • VidsWithRiah

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

  • VidsWithRiah

    Why didn't he cuff his hands when freestyle.

  • Crafty Girl
    Crafty Girl

    My question is how is he gonna get them out

  • jerbear gaming
    jerbear gaming

    what ar shade balls

  • killerblob undead
    killerblob undead

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

  • Nathan Bryan
    Nathan Bryan

    what is a shade ball?

  • sherlyn rivera
    sherlyn rivera

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

  • LifeWithLonna periodt
    LifeWithLonna periodt

    and i thought he was gonna drown

  • LifeWithLonna periodt
    LifeWithLonna periodt

    why are they called shade balls?

  • Joseph Christian Cuyugan
    Joseph Christian Cuyugan

    Can i have one of those?

  • Riley Chalmers
    Riley Chalmers

    He swam perfectly how can he not swim?

  • Pazelloxu

    They look like Tapioca Pearls or Boba.

  • Amy Alley
    Amy Alley

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

  • Omar Siddiqi
    Omar Siddiqi

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

  • Kate Caldwell
    Kate Caldwell

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

  • TheBattleBro

    Its like he is in a giant bowl of cocoa puffs

  • Dusty Honey
    Dusty Honey

    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

    good luck with cleaning that up

  • pingcheng zuo
    pingcheng zuo

    I just became one of Chlorine because I wanted to have a shadow ball. PLEASE

  • Jordynn Hemphill
    Jordynn Hemphill

    Balls in my face.....

  • Čøøkīės n' Çrëam
    Čøøkīės n' Çrëam

    3:44 That will be are future full of plastic...

  • Nebosvod gonzalez
    Nebosvod gonzalez

    just Recycle them

  • Michael Ganzer
    Michael Ganzer

    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


  • Emely

    What are shade balls?

  • shelbel82

    I live in Alabama so we don't get a lot

  • Michael Anderson
    Michael Anderson

    Alright, you’re kind of throwing some shade at us with this one.

  • Live By Faith
    Live By Faith

    It look like a boba tea lol

  • Nutella

    Nobody gonna talk about how he jumped so far?

  • Mark Thompson
    Mark Thompson


  • PorkNotBeef

    The near perfect alignment of those balls and the amount of sound is trippin' me out.

  • Paul Kinder
    Paul Kinder

    Just be honest....the thought of all those black balls made you horney.

  • iTravel Sports
    iTravel Sports

    How coooool!

  • cmdeane

    what a waste of money

  • Whitney Sims
    Whitney Sims

    Y does this remind me of co co puffs😂

  • NotCharging

    Wait...couldn’t you just put shade balls over your pool in the winter with a tarp?

  • Blobby YT
    Blobby YT

    Its bad for the nature because its plastic

  • Ava Gomez
    Ava Gomez

    this just gave me anxiety

  • Vorcefull Vorce
    Vorcefull Vorce

    How u get them all out

  • Herbert Coleman
    Herbert Coleman

    I hope I'm not too late to get a shade ball.

  • Shade Jamison
    Shade Jamison

    😶 "Shade" balls..... My name is shade.... 😳

  • A Youtuber
    A Youtuber

    His poor wrist, imagine signing something 10,000 times

  • Candy Lover
    Candy Lover

    Do NOT do this at home😉👍

  • Faux Falconry
    Faux Falconry

    This made my asthma cry on the inside

  • best videos
    best videos

    I need please .....

  • Paula J
    Paula J


  • Jessie Dizon
    Jessie Dizon

    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

    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!


    The question is how is going to get them out

  • Murugesan A
    Murugesan A

    Brother can you do a video on qantum entanglement

  • Saikumar Bunny
    Saikumar Bunny

    It's not 91% .... It's only π/4 ~ 78% Any thoughts?

  • Naima M. Ali
    Naima M. Ali

    you know what i think? i think david dobrik should totally buy this.

  • Nappypuff

    thiis was the most beautiful fluid mosaic ever

  • Lavina Coleman
    Lavina Coleman

    3:46 no homo

  • osamr toro
    osamr toro


  • Geovanni Franco
    Geovanni Franco

    Oof ion think u can bc dats a lot of shade oooo I swear am cringe af

  • Arissa Aispuro
    Arissa Aispuro

    thank u for the clarification ig i won’t be buying 10,000 giant black olives to fill my pool if it’s gonna make it hard for me to swim

  • goth lust
    goth lust

    How much were all those shade balls ?

  • sinekonata

    Veritasium : The science of shade balls. Me : unsubscribe. Click bait fish : OMG subscribe.

  • Strawberrycake*-*

    So what’s the purpose of the balls?

  • Jacob the Fishermen99
    Jacob the Fishermen99

    That would take me a long time to clean up

  • Savannah Lada
    Savannah Lada

    You should make a giant boba tea drink with those😂😂😂

  • Leonid Romanov
    Leonid Romanov

    So, are they like Higgs boson?

  • Charles Mendez
    Charles Mendez

    3:45 he loves it