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What could cause a huge ink-like black spot on the bed?

Asked by Heather13 (495points) July 4th, 2016

I woke up with a huge black ink-like stain on my white sheets, which seemed to soke all the way through to the bed pad. I saw a few marks on my pillow case. The spot is close to the top of the bed, where my chest or head could have been. I have no hair coloring and wore a head covering to sleep in. Has anyone experience this before? I tried googling it, but to results.

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LBM's avatar

Do you have a cut or a spot that maybe you picked or scratched while asleep?

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Material your mattress is made of. Is it high quality or the more economical type?

Heather13's avatar

It is black to gray. Not blood at all. And its “huge”. Am not blooding not have anything else noticably wrong with me

Heather13's avatar

High quality. Its not from the mattrass.

ucme's avatar

Pet octopus?
Just squidding ;-}

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

You could have squished a fully engorged bed bug. Do you have a sore on your body, from a bed bug bite?

Zaku's avatar

Is there an open pen in clothing or the bedding, whose ink got sucked out of it?

Or, anything dripping from the ceiling? Does it seem to have come from under the sheets/blanket? Is it on your body too?

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Maybe you have had your first period? Ask your mom. I’m out of ideas.

dappled_leaves's avatar

Define “huge”.

si3tech's avatar

@Heather13 You mention your head/hair was covered. Was there anything on your hair that could have been the culprit? A mystery.

CWOTUS's avatar

Do you read in bed? Take any notes while you read? Use a pen to take the notes? I’m guessing from your original description of “ink-like” that this actually is an ink stain. It’s the most likely cause, so I’d be looking hard to find that pen.

Heather13's avatar

No pen. No blood. No period. Nothing with black or dark color was on my bed.

Zaku's avatar

Are you sure it wasn’t there when you got into bed?

Are there other kids in the house who might have been playing a prank on you?

Pachy's avatar

Does it have any kind of odor?
Is it—or was it—damp?

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Is it possible to take a photo of the stain and post it?

Jeruba's avatar

On another thread, the OP says she’s in her thirties. There’s also some history with her mother that might be a factor in this situation.

Seek's avatar

Spill a glass of wine?

rojo's avatar

How big is huge?
Is it a pillow top?
Any odors present?
Do you sleep in clothing or nude?
Do you go to bed with wet hair on a regular basis?
Any chance of mildew or reasons for mildew? Have you looked at your ceilings?
Was the staining only on the mattress or is it also on sheets?
Do you sleep in the same spot/position each night?
Sweat stains?
Combination of sweat and mold?
Do you have a Serta? Could it be a mush spot?
Any way to look inside the mattress?

Heather13's avatar

Not wet. Not odor. No kids in the house. It wasnt there when I went to bed. I had pulled back the spread before goung into bed. And it was white. How could I post a photo of it here? I checked everything to make sure whether or not it was from hair, clothes, skin. But nothing else has this stain.and the way it sits, its a bit roundish

Heather13's avatar


No. And I can tell is not ink. It just reminds me of how ink stains.

Heather13's avatar


Its more coming from the top sheet towards mattress. Its only towards my head. Chest area. Towards the top of the bed. Almost I. The middle of the top. Its not a sweat or dirt type stain.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

Do you have a cat? Cat pee?

cazzie's avatar

Do you heat your bed with an electric blanket? It could be a scorch mark.

Seek's avatar

Clearly aliens are involved.

Heather13's avatar

No Animals.

@cazzie No electrical blanket (It’s Summer)

zenvelo's avatar

You mentioned you slept with a head covering. Have you looked at that? There may have been something on there that smeared onto the sheet.

cazzie's avatar

It’s summer where you are, Heather13. Not all of live where there is summer now.

Maybe you climbed inside the chimney in you sleep and went back to bed.

BellaB's avatar

What colour is/was your head/hair covering?

Jeruba's avatar

Had you eaten or drunk anything just before bedtime? (Especially anything alcoholic.)

Does the shape of the spread look like it was liquid? Is it evenly colored or darker in the center or what?

Is “huge” a few inches or a few feet?

You can post a picture on some image hosting site and then post a link to it here. Include something that indicates scale.

Stinley's avatar

@Jeruba‘s instruction are useful. Just to add – Imgur is easy to use. Here’s a random photo I just uploaded to it.

AshlynM's avatar

Sweat? Bed bugs? No idea. A picture would definitely help.

dappled_leaves's avatar

Or any indication of the actual size.

Jeruba's avatar

And…is it still there, or has it disappeared?

chyna's avatar

Wish poster would come back and answer some of these questions.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

Perhaps she’s been swallowed up by the emerging black hole? Or it was some form of alien being that’s taken over her body?

cazzie's avatar

Cephalopod based alien, must have been.

dappled_leaves's avatar

Come to think of it, I haven’t seen loli around Fluther in a bit. Maybe zhe’s foraging.

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