Jon Pinette has a standup routine where he explains that he knows how to say "Feed me I'm starving" in 26 languages. 27 if you count Ancient Hieroglyphs, just in case he gets sent into the past — he wants his bases covered!
Eddie Izzard lampshades this in regard to James Bond and his ridiculous gadgets from Q; he envisions a situation where Mr. Bond is about to be attacked by sharks and goes to pull out his handy breathing apparatus, but finds he has nothing on hand but a pair of jam trousers. (Strangely enough, the sharks see this and decide to go away.)