Not even add-ons like NoScript and Adblock Plus can help with terrible website design. Luckily, there's a new(ish) kind of browser feature that does help. Usually. Take this Huffington Post article, for example:
If you missed it, the article part is in the middle and near the bottom. Now I click a magical button:
This particular magic button is called the Clearly add-on from Evernote (free for Firefox and Chrome). Safari 5 users don't even need to add anything. Just watch for when the 'Reader' button turns from gray to blue.