In honor of the 2012 London Olympics, the Royal mail will paint some of their postboxes gold. The boxes, which are usually painted the ubiquitous red, will be treated to a royal face lift when an Olympian or Paralymian from the UK earns a gold medal. With only a few exceptions, all of the postboxes in the UK have been red since 1874. The competitors who earn the gold will also earn a gold painted postbox for their hometown. There will be a special team on standby to paint those postboxes within a few days of the win.