THE AMERICANS -- Pictured: (L-R) Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings, Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings -- CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX

What would you do if you learned that your two friends, Richard and Cynthia, were actually Vladimir and Lydia?

If this sounds straight out of a Cold War propaganda film (or an FX-original drama), ask the residents of suburban Montclair, New Jersey, about the FBI raid that occurred back in 2010 at 31 Marquette Road. As it turns out, the bread-and-butter, all-American family down the street were actually Russian spies.

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[DIGEST: Gizmodo, BBC, Popular Mechanics ]

Imagine tuning into a radio station and discovering only unwavering static, sometimes interrupted by a young woman reading out a string of numbers or an old drinking song. It might send chills up your spine if discovered while browsing the web late at night, but these mysterious stations serve a real and somewhat sinister purpose.

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