Remember when the Web was simple? Back when there wasn't much on it and nobody thought there would be much point in putting ads on there? An awesome little Firefox browser add-on called Readability takes you back to those kinder, gentler times by stripping any page down to the main article you want to read. No ads. Minimal navigation menus. Practically no clutter. It's especially nice for creating printer-friendly pages, but fantastic just for distraction-free reading, too.
Note: This link takes you to the vendor's site, where you can automatically install the file into your Firefox browser.