Can You Swim in Shade Balls?

  • Published on Jun 13, 2019
  • 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)"

Comments • 21 723

  • loganboi
    loganboi 42 minutes ago

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

  • Thomas Hope
    Thomas Hope 3 hours ago

    Thank you for shadeball #4127!

  • BassFishingStud
    BassFishingStud 10 hours ago

    Swimming in giant caviar

  • Tyrone Scott
    Tyrone Scott 11 hours ago

    Use a surf bord to skate across the shave ball

  • Bristol Lewis
    Bristol Lewis 11 hours ago

    What is a shade ball

  • sebas C
    sebas C 13 hours ago

    2:14 That's what she said!

  • Lightning rainbow
    Lightning rainbow 14 hours ago


  • mini_eilish YT
    mini_eilish YT 17 hours ago

    *Venom has entered the chat*

  • qwerty uiop
    qwerty uiop 18 hours ago

    too many balls

  • Carver Hamilton
    Carver Hamilton 18 hours ago

    me to
    i dont know

  • James Deleon
    James Deleon 19 hours ago

    I saw you spit on those balls ewwwww

  • JJ Kirby
    JJ Kirby 20 hours ago

    I got shade ball #4436

  • V S
    V S 22 hours ago

    How long did it take to get them all out?

  • Ribbons gloss
    Ribbons gloss Day ago

    10:00 is that a toilet back there?

  • Ribbons gloss
    Ribbons gloss Day ago

    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 Day ago

    6:45 your welcome :)

  • Christian Andrei Ocon

    Swimming in large scale caviar eggs😂

  • Matt Burch
    Matt Burch Day ago +1

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

  • sad tulip
    sad tulip Day ago

    i wanna bite them

  • Gigabloodhawk
    Gigabloodhawk Day ago

    your so close to atomic, its unbearable xD

  • Conner Miller
    Conner Miller Day ago

    3:50 thats tripy

  • JaxSwat
    JaxSwat Day ago

    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 Day ago

    I got my shade ball!!!

  • H M
    H M Day ago

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

  • Richard Christopher Selmours

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

  • Jennifer Gallegos


  • Kyle
    Kyle Day ago +2

    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
    Jazzy Day ago +2

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

  • Thomas Lawson
    Thomas Lawson Day ago +1

    I received ball number 2929 Thank you.

  • Scott Reser
    Scott Reser Day ago +1

    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 Day ago +2

    just got my shade ball. thx bro :D

  • Jakob Jakobson
    Jakob Jakobson Day ago +1

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

  • Gacha Grape
    Gacha Grape Day ago

    So much science in this vid

  • Robert McCain
    Robert McCain 2 days ago +2

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

  • Odin
    Odin 2 days ago +3

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

  • Daniel Velinov
    Daniel Velinov 2 days ago

    Reminds me of Empty Walls video :D

  • _ C_
    _ C_ 2 days ago +2

    Received mine #3893 20/07/18

  • Deep hug
    Deep hug 2 days ago

    Dude keep your fingers together.

  • Fight Food - Boxing Stories

    My balls are always in the shade

  • Rhys Evans
    Rhys Evans 2 days ago +2

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

  • Salvi
    Salvi 2 days ago

    Got mine #8159

    • Deep hug
      Deep hug 2 days ago +1

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

  • Rob Alinder
    Rob Alinder 2 days ago +3

    I just received my shadeball. #450!

  • Notification Squad
    Notification Squad 2 days ago +1

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

  • Notification Squad
    Notification Squad 2 days ago +3

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

  • 1,000 SUBS WITH 2 VIDEOS

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

  • Raymonds Entertainment

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

  • Taylor taylor
    Taylor taylor 2 days ago

    He loves them balls in his face

  • shanedestroyer
    shanedestroyer 2 days ago +3

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

    • Wat Dat
      Wat Dat 2 days ago +1

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

  • Firealarm102
    Firealarm102 2 days ago +5

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

  • Rebekah Welsh
    Rebekah Welsh 2 days ago +1

    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
    Delve 2 days ago +2

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

  • Anthony TeixeirA
    Anthony TeixeirA 2 days ago +4

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

  • SarocTurtleGaming
    SarocTurtleGaming 2 days ago +2

    I have ball #7966 !!!

  • 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 3 days ago


  • Shucheng Chao
    Shucheng Chao 3 days ago +1

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

  • TheEAtoday
    TheEAtoday 3 days ago +3

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

  • daniel mcCann
    daniel mcCann 3 days ago

    Dude keep your fingers together.

  • Monique Doyle
    Monique Doyle 3 days ago

    Anxiety 🥴🥴🥴

  • Cassidy Anthony
    Cassidy Anthony 3 days ago +2

    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 days ago

    3:46 thats what she said

  • Kroneru
    Kroneru 3 days ago +2

    Received mines today. Thanks.

  • Barry Young
    Barry Young 3 days ago +2

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

  • Starfire Technology
    Starfire Technology 3 days ago +3

    Just recieved ball 5177 today! Thanks!

  • Khiem Huynh
    Khiem Huynh 3 days ago

    Can I swim in that too

  • Sara Ryan
    Sara Ryan 4 days ago

    I love youuuuuuuuuu 😋😋😋😋

  • Horizon Freeze
    Horizon Freeze 4 days ago

    3:44 he prob used to it by now

  • Marlomen Sarsuelo
    Marlomen Sarsuelo 4 days ago

    That breaststroke tho

  • Julia Friedman-Parks

    Why does this Video give me some cool ideas

  • Vivian Trinh
    Vivian Trinh 4 days ago

    Can you REALLY swim in Shade Balls?

  • GameCorruption's
    GameCorruption's 4 days ago

    can yow run on them

  • Kid 8v8teR
    Kid 8v8teR 4 days ago

    What is a shade ball

  • Bruna Lopes
    Bruna Lopes 4 days ago

    shouldnt the balls be white? black attracks more sunlight therefore more heat

  • TheLastDogInTown
    TheLastDogInTown 4 days ago

    3:53 who else saw the drone shadow

  • princess lib
    princess lib 4 days ago

    can you stay under there for 2 min

  • Rob Anderson
    Rob Anderson 4 days ago

    His guy is like a rip-off Mark Rober

  • Dan Hayes
    Dan Hayes 4 days ago

    Hey Derek. Longtime viewer and subscriber here. I watched your video explaining where the channel may go in the future and how TheXvid'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 TheXvid dragon.

    Just wanted to chime in. Hope you have success promoting science in whichever fashion works best for you.


    • Kyle
      Kyle Day ago

      Dan Hayes Shut up, loser. This isn’t clickbait at all. I don’t think you understand what the term means. He completely delivered on the topic mentioned in the title and thumbnail.

  • Freddie Gladwin
    Freddie Gladwin 5 days ago

    Try and run across a pool of shade balls

  • Сергей Павлов

    give me please 1 balls = )

  • 5oo metors
    5oo metors 5 days ago

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

  • 5oo metors
    5oo metors 5 days ago

    Here some asma 8:02

  • RiskAttack
    RiskAttack 5 days ago

    3:43 😐

  • Shugrrr Shark
    Shugrrr Shark 5 days ago

    What is a Shade ball?

  • VidsWithRiah
    VidsWithRiah 5 days ago

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

  • VidsWithRiah
    VidsWithRiah 5 days ago

    Why didn't he cuff his hands when freestyle.

  • Crafty Girl
    Crafty Girl 5 days ago

    My question is how is he gonna get them out

  • jerbear gaming
    jerbear gaming 5 days ago

    what ar shade balls

  • killerblob undead
    killerblob undead 5 days ago

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

  • Nathan Bryan
    Nathan Bryan 5 days ago

    what is a shade ball?

  • sherlyn rivera
    sherlyn rivera 5 days ago

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

  • LifeWithLonna periodt

    and i thought he was gonna drown

  • LifeWithLonna periodt

    why are they called shade balls?

  • Joseph Christian Cuyugan

    Can i have one of those?

  • Riley Chalmers
    Riley Chalmers 6 days ago

    He swam perfectly how can he not swim?

  • Pazelloxu
    Pazelloxu 6 days ago

    They look like Tapioca Pearls or Boba.

  • Amy Alley
    Amy Alley 6 days ago

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

  • Omar Siddiqi
    Omar Siddiqi 6 days ago

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

  • Kate Caldwell
    Kate Caldwell 6 days ago +2

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

  • TheBattleBro
    TheBattleBro 6 days ago

    Its like he is in a giant bowl of cocoa puffs

  • Dusty Honey
    Dusty Honey 6 days ago

    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.