Why does the top of the keypad show an exorbitant amount of numbers when I press the paste button?

At the bottom are all the websites I visit. I can get rid of them.
I have cleared everything and not signed into anything.

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    Welcome to AskDifferent Karen! Unfortunately your question is difficult to understand and might get closed if you don't clarify your problem. Could you please tell us where this is happening? Is it Safari? It would be wonderful if you add a screenshot to your question.
    – gentmatt
    Mar 18, 2012 at 20:12
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    When I'm in my phone# keypad, I press above the 2, hit paste and we pages show up above that are a series of ###s random #s. yes I use Safari. But I'm just wanting to use the phone to make a call does this help anyone to help me ? Can't screenshot.
    – Karen
    Mar 18, 2012 at 20:37
  • Why can you not screenshot? Just hold HOME and tap LOCK.
    – stuffe
    Mar 18, 2012 at 22:18
  • Also - just upload your screenshot to any website and link to the URL. We can embed things for you until you get enough reputation to inline images yourself.
    – bmike
    Mar 18, 2012 at 22:29

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If you paste text, it translates the letters into numbers as represented on the keypad. For example: 1800 BUY NOW becomes 1800289669

If you've copied text instead of just a number, or if you've copied a link behind a number, you might actually be pasting a web address like http://www.apple.com which is changed to 488799927753266 after stripping punctuation.

Go to the Notes app and paste there. What is actually stored in the clipboard?

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