One of my favorite details about Pope Benedict XVI abdicating is that the reporter who broke the story was able to be first with it because she knew Latin. The Pope first made his announcement in that language.
I send my daughter to a Latin school (the 5-year-0ld can already say the Apostles Creed in Latin and has named all of her animals according to Latin words). She could break news in the future.
But the story reminds me of all those things you study that you wrongly think you'll never end up using.
My husband laughs about the time he and a friend had to pull out their trigonometry to complete a barn renovation they were working on.
What about you? Any stories of foreign languages or mathematics coming to your aid when you least expected it?