these are shade balls they’re being dumped into this water reservoir in Los Angeles and contrary to what you may have heard their main purpose is not to reduce evaporation so what are they really for? To find out I am visiting the largest collection of these balls anywhere on Earth at L.A. reservoir 96 million shade balls. That’s correct. 96 million it’s very rare for you to see 96 million of anything This is your life vest which you are required to wear. Alright. Throw your leg over and climb on in anyway you can there you go. Thank you looking at this I had so many questions. Like why are they black? Are they safe to have in drinking water? How much do they cost? Do they actually reduce evaporation? And what is their real purpose? is it hard to drive in shade balls. It is very hard. Why is that? These are actually partially filled with water the reason they’re filled with water is that in L.A reservoir we have some really high winds and so if we didn’t put water in these things there’d be balls bouncing on the 5 freeways people would drive down they’d be all over the place so these keep the balls in the reservoir and if they do start to roll they kinda wobble because of water makes them uneven but that makes them significantly difficult to push out of the way especially when they form close-packed crystal like structures behind the boat the balls quickly come together in our wake and some close to the motor are pulled along with boat wow did you what did you think the first time they suggested doing this or when it first came in yeah it was a little out there. did you think they were nuts? No, not nuts it just like. It looks absurd It’s like we’re in the world’s biggest ball pit yeah right that’s what it looks like you can’t tell by standing here that we’re actually floating over I think it’s probably 40 50 feet right here, 40 50 feet deep below us and you can’t even see any water you’d think it was a joke. Right? if you didn’t know. You’d would be like no you’re not that’s like a green screen or something alright yeah it’s fake so like when i switch on my tap at home is the water coming from here? Yes. Sometimes, or always. Most of the times Most of the time the water is coming from here, absolutely nuts so why is LA reservoir covered in shade balls? the problem all started with Bromide Bromide is a naturally occurring substance associated with salt water and so normally places like the California aqueduct that comes down from the delta you get some salt water intrusions we have some bromide in the water bromide is harmless and it’s almost impossible to remove and when you disinfect the water with ozone, that bromide becomes bromate and bromates are carcinogenic and so around year 2000 they wrote regulations regulating bromate and the regulations basically said if you have a treatment plant that uses ozone then you have to watch bromate to be careful not to form to much so the only place we ever measured bromate was in our filter plant and the results were always within 10 micrograms per liter limit set by regulators so they were confused when they got a call from one of their customers a beverage company in L.A they said we have some really high levels of bromate showing up are you aware of this? and we said well we don’t show anything but between the filtration plant and the customer was the reservoir so they did some tests almost immediatly upon coming into this open reservoir the bromate levels jumped it turned that bromide with chlorine which is supposed to be safe in bright sunlight form bromate even more than ozone and so we made this unfortunate scientific discovery that actually wasn’t a part of any regulatory scheme and so here we are at reservoir we have water source that’s got bromide in it harmless we have chlorine, we have to have disinfected water, we have sunlight because it is open the only choice we have is to remove sunlight so we looked at all sorts of things we looked at floating tarps across the water and normally we put a floating cover on the water but that’s a multi-year project and so we said can’t we manufacture kind of trampoline with poly like PVC pipe they’re just gonna become bird perches, it’ll have a big water quality problem and so we knew we had high density polyethylene pipe which is used in the water industry and we know that it floats and we at one point thought about can we get to float a pile of pipe across the surface well that’s hard to do and very expensive because it’s a lot of material so maybe we could take some pipe and run it through a chipper and we can make a debris field across the surface like the back corner of a lake somewhere but in anyhow all this mushy warm water with plastic floating on the top that sounds like a petri dish and so lo and behold Dr Brian White did some research and he found the shade ball except they weren’t called shade balls at the time this product existed and they were called bird balls and they’d use it on ponds that had mine tailings where they didn’t want waterfowl to go in and get poisoned and also around airports where there were ponds and they wanted to keep the waterfowl off so that they didn’t take off and get into the jet engines

Why Are 96,000,000 Black Balls on This Reservoir?
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100 thoughts on “Why Are 96,000,000 Black Balls on This Reservoir?

  • September 21, 2019 at 2:08 am
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    Columbus when he went to Africa 0:55

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  • September 21, 2019 at 2:47 am
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    Why Are 96,000,000 Black Balls on This Reservoir? I dunno. Was Halle Berry nude sunbathing there?

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  • September 21, 2019 at 2:59 am
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    Did anyone notice 5:50 the bird went into the engine

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  • September 21, 2019 at 3:50 am
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    This is a good bit of science. And as a GEEK! I love learning about science. (:

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  • September 21, 2019 at 3:53 am
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    Poor Africans…

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  • September 21, 2019 at 4:35 am
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    Black balls=People are watching this right now/Like

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  • September 21, 2019 at 5:12 am
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    What am I doing here either???🤔🤔🤔back to sleep🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

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  • September 21, 2019 at 5:47 am
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    Going to be one bitch of a clean up in 9 years when they have to be replaced lol

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  • September 21, 2019 at 6:19 am
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    I saw no black balls….

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  • September 21, 2019 at 7:09 am
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    Why am I watching this?

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  • September 21, 2019 at 8:32 am
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    Its somehow satisfying to watch !

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  • September 21, 2019 at 11:57 am
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    96 million black balls , not Asian or Eskimo , no wait , Eskimo population to small. No not even white balls. Just good Ol Black Balls. At least those get recycled.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 1:35 pm
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    Aren't those plastics turning brittle and breakdowns dangerous when consumed?

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  • September 21, 2019 at 2:09 pm
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    little do people know i am actually an old subscriber and just got recommended 😀

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  • September 21, 2019 at 3:48 pm
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    96m black balls??😏

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  • September 21, 2019 at 3:49 pm
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    nothing can defeat the black balls !!

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  • September 21, 2019 at 4:59 pm
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    1 for each pewdiepie subscriber

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  • September 21, 2019 at 8:00 pm
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    Poor choice of words for your title

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  • September 21, 2019 at 9:04 pm
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    so what if you feel overboard – can you swim in that? or would you drown?

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  • September 21, 2019 at 9:56 pm
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    PewDiePie has more subs than that

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  • September 21, 2019 at 10:33 pm
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    People are sou estuped,they are poising you!

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  • September 21, 2019 at 11:51 pm
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    Marty Adams seems to be a very cool guy.

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  • September 22, 2019 at 12:01 am
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    Jokes about balls.. in 3.. 2..

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  • September 22, 2019 at 12:45 am
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    when you was drving i herd what did anone elas did just reastart the vid

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  • September 22, 2019 at 1:28 am
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    This is false there were 96,000,002 they forgot to count mine

    All good though

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  • September 22, 2019 at 1:51 am
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    Did you really ask him why driving was hard in balls?

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  • September 22, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    I would throw a big white ball in the middle

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  • September 22, 2019 at 3:49 am
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    5:50 Rest In Peace

    Bird – Passes @May/10th/2019

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  • September 22, 2019 at 5:26 am
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    At 5:55 the bird got shredded by the plane😂😂

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  • September 22, 2019 at 5:29 am
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    "Are they safe to have in drinking water?" lol no one drinks the water from the tap here

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  • September 22, 2019 at 6:45 am
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    Ok

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  • September 22, 2019 at 7:35 am
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    Why are there 2 balls between my legs? See it – www.imdb.com/name/nm2827073

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  • September 22, 2019 at 9:45 am
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    I thought it was another clock bait. 😂

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  • September 22, 2019 at 9:53 am
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    "Black balls, theyre black for a reason"

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  • September 22, 2019 at 11:01 am
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    Why those balls only in one place?

    Maybe Mr. Incredible's in there?

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  • September 22, 2019 at 11:08 am
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    The bird WAS intentional!!!
    Sponsered by THAI airlines

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  • September 22, 2019 at 12:27 pm
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    The whole world needs balls.

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  • September 22, 2019 at 12:28 pm
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    Wouldn't be more fun if they are yellow duck shape on top!

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  • September 22, 2019 at 1:48 pm
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    yea lets put plastic in our waters – god bless – plastic rocks we need more plastic

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  • September 22, 2019 at 1:51 pm
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    These arenot 96 million balls. These are minimum 1 billion balls.

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  • September 22, 2019 at 1:53 pm
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    usa – where would we be without you….

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  • September 22, 2019 at 2:55 pm
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    Best way to put microplastic into your drinking water. Happy cancer to everyone.

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  • September 22, 2019 at 3:43 pm
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    Fake, the balls are paid actors

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  • September 22, 2019 at 4:10 pm
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    It got BLACKED

    If you know , you know

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  • September 22, 2019 at 7:04 pm
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    For all tl;dw people: The balls increase the friction in the water, so that fast swimming fish don't shatter. There were many fish that swum so fast that they died pitifully.

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  • September 22, 2019 at 7:56 pm
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    The current International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) evaluation is that, "Carbon black is possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B)".[

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  • September 22, 2019 at 9:07 pm
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    Wait so it goes straight to the homes from the water lake thing (I don’t know how to spell the correct name) even tho birds sit in it and other dirty things like that

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  • September 22, 2019 at 9:08 pm
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    Wait so it goes straight to the homes from the water lake thing (I don’t know how to spell the correct name) even tho birds sit in it and other dirty things like that and a boat why

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  • September 22, 2019 at 9:27 pm
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    black balls

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  • September 22, 2019 at 9:30 pm
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    First they add flouride, then plastic balls?! What's next, dead ppl?!

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  • September 22, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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    Fuuuuuuuuuuckin baaaaaaaaalls

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  • September 22, 2019 at 11:08 pm
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    i am crazy

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  • September 22, 2019 at 11:34 pm
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    Alright. Be honest, bruh. You spent the night with that fine young lady at 6:30, didn't ya?

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  • September 23, 2019 at 12:55 am
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    1:12 "Is it hard to drive in shade balls?"
    "It is very hard"
    "Why is that?"
    He starts to answer…the camera pans away, the voiceover drowns out the answer and WE NEVER FIND OUT! I WANNA KNOW!

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  • September 23, 2019 at 1:03 am
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    So you can’t swim but you can drive a boat in it?

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  • September 23, 2019 at 2:39 am
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    The Balls cost $32mil !!

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  • September 23, 2019 at 3:00 am
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    I see 96.000,000 molecules a sec

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  • September 23, 2019 at 3:45 am
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    The Bird at 5:51 of this video is really grimmace🥺🤦🏻‍♂️😂 why did they added this clip tho🤦🏻‍♂️😢

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  • September 23, 2019 at 3:52 am
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    Why are they black? cmonBruh

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  • September 23, 2019 at 4:20 am
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    0:57–1:03 That's racist

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  • September 23, 2019 at 4:22 am
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    0:57–1:08 now that's racist

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  • September 23, 2019 at 5:56 am
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    All that and you didn’t even get to swim in it

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  • September 23, 2019 at 6:14 am
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    God I love sucking on male testicles

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  • September 23, 2019 at 7:32 am
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    00:24 I thought I have company 🙂

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  • September 23, 2019 at 11:00 am
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    Plastic….

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  • September 23, 2019 at 1:21 pm
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    Aiplay

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  • September 23, 2019 at 2:54 pm
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    Shame the balls have to be black …sea-blue would have been nice

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  • September 23, 2019 at 6:37 pm
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    Use plastic black plate

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  • September 23, 2019 at 8:13 pm
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    Who came up with the idea to have a bird toilet between the consumer and the treatment plant? How does that fit the crazy mindset in California for less sickness? It even causes cancer through the creation of Bromate. Prop 64 seems to be ignored with this one. I didn't see any warning signs either!

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  • September 23, 2019 at 8:41 pm
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    African children could've ate those!!!!

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  • September 23, 2019 at 9:02 pm
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    Pas mal les sous-titres français.

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  • September 23, 2019 at 10:16 pm
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    so they're just gonna chop off 48,000,000 balls from guys and dump them here? smh. cops called.

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  • September 24, 2019 at 12:22 am
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    Omg that bird 5:51

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  • September 24, 2019 at 12:38 am
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    Black ain't good enough for you

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  • September 24, 2019 at 3:19 am
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    Wte❕❗️

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  • September 24, 2019 at 10:11 am
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    Who clean it?

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  • September 24, 2019 at 1:54 pm
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    So some people are drinking motor boat exhaust gases? Am i drinking exhaust gases?

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  • September 24, 2019 at 2:44 pm
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    5:52 did anyone else see the now dead bird?

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  • September 24, 2019 at 5:46 pm
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    anong kabobohan yan?

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  • September 24, 2019 at 5:48 pm
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    nasisira mundo dahil sa kabobohan nyo. pinapairal nyo views kesa alagaan ang kalikasan

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  • September 24, 2019 at 5:48 pm
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    disrespectful

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  • September 24, 2019 at 5:49 pm
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    jesus Christ and god is so happy, look what you made. stupid ass

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  • September 24, 2019 at 5:53 pm
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    0:57 racism 101

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  • September 24, 2019 at 6:57 pm
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    Care for your time to do it for me so I’m not happy 😃 60,832 is 24-9-2010 11:57am

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  • September 24, 2019 at 8:54 pm
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    This video should put an end to racism against black people!!

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  • September 24, 2019 at 10:38 pm
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    Why was his first question why are they black?

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  • September 24, 2019 at 10:50 pm
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    i drink balls

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  • September 24, 2019 at 10:55 pm
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    Better clean all that up

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  • September 24, 2019 at 10:56 pm
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    it just went in the engine

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  • September 24, 2019 at 11:50 pm
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    Bird was like a father to me

    I loved him like a son

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  • September 25, 2019 at 12:23 am
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    Poor fishies

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  • September 25, 2019 at 1:06 am
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    It is black cuz its not white

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  • September 25, 2019 at 3:37 am
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    Are they aware at 5:51 that a bird went into the plane wingy thing!!!

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  • September 25, 2019 at 3:48 am
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    Xd ;-;

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  • September 25, 2019 at 4:13 am
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    It cost 32 MILLION dollars to put those balls in?!?

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  • September 25, 2019 at 5:43 am
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    Wait…. They don't filter it AFTER the resevoir? Imagine all the things washing into that drinking water. Eeek.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 6:17 am
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    You trashing the world
    M8 stupid africa kid

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  • September 25, 2019 at 7:34 am
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    B

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  • September 25, 2019 at 8:02 am
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    In indonesia you will use 'enceng gondok' to avoid evaporation, its free & greeny… Or you can find another plant.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 9:26 am
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    those are the amount of mistakes i make in a single day

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