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?
Step 3: The Handy Bookmarklet
Step 4: The Caveats: Not a 100% Perfect Proxy.
I must emphasize that since this isn't a bulletproof solution to getting around filtering, it's wise not to use this to access content that you're really not supposed to get to, especially if you've got parents, administrators or employers looking through their filtering/proxying logs. If you really want to visit Zombo.com or a taste of the original Hamster Dance, you'll have to do it on your own time from home.