I've found that you can use Google Translate as a sort of lazy man's proxy/filter avoidance. Where I work, we've got a web content filtering tool that, for the most part, blocks inappropriate content, but is most certainly not immune to false positives -- blocking stuff that's not in any way objectionable. Maybe it's blocking on something as stupid as a word found in a URL, say, if you wanted to learn about some birds. In my case, I was looking for some technical discussions related to my work, but my employer's network filtering app told me (erroneously) that it was a gambling site.
Step 1: Visit Google Translate
Step 2: What have we accomplished?
But can we make it a bit easier to automate the usage of this tool? Maybe a little bookmarklet?