Why do I keep on getting these symbols in Adobe Indesign CS5: ^#.
It's terribly problematic - every single line starts with ^#.
Numbered lists start with #^:
If someone typed those in backwards, you would get what you are describing:
Set list type to None in Bullets and Numbering and that should take care of it. If not, come back and let us know. Here's how to get to Bullets & Numbering:
Also you posted this in the non-technical Lounge forum, so I'm going to move it to the InDesign forum for you.