Everybody knows at least one nerd whose ballpoint pen “exploded” in his shirt pocket leaving a Rorschach test on the shirt. That stuff does indeed flow under the right conditions.
It must be asked. Why didn’t you stop after one?
Sometimes a dead ballpoint with plenty of ink can be coaxed to life by holding the tip over a lit match briefly. I don’t know why. But the cheap ones are under $0.10 so it’s probably not worth any effort at all.
When I was in the fifth grade in 1968 we were required to use fountain pens; my teacher called ballpoints “glorified pencils.” I still have a fountain pen but I’m so computerized now that the only time I write is on yellow sticky notes, or checks, and can’t be bothered to fetch a fountain pen for that. I do use a calligraphy pen to write a couple of letters a year to friends overseas. I bought one of those dip-it-in-the-inkwell pens at a specialty store in Italy this summer and when I got home and tried to use it I found it just horrible.