August 11th, 2011
05:36 PM ET
The Noid is celebrating his 25th birthday with a very brief return.
You might recall that the Noid was the villainous mascot of Domino's Pizza during the late 1980s. In commercials, the floppy-eared claymation character in the superhero-esque suit would try to get between hungry people and their pizzas by interfering with delivery.
Domino's slogan back in the day was, "Avoid the Noid!" The idea was that you could, in fact, avoid the Noid - who essentially represented your pizza arriving late, cold, or damaged - by ordering from Domino's rather than a competing pizzeria.
(I know, I just called Domino's a pizzeria - please don't beat me up. Do, however, start a debate about the best pizza you've ever had in the comments section below.)
To commemorate the Noid hitting the quarter-century mark, Domino's has launched "The Noid's Super Pizza Shootout," a retro-style game on Facebook, complete with a throwback 8-bit look. From now until August 15, you can "like" Domino's on Facebook and play for the chance to win a gift card for a free pizza. There will be one winner every 60 seconds.
"Being 25 is pretty cool," the Noid said in a statement released by Domino's. "I believe I can legally rent a car now. While I am old enough that some people consider me 'vintage' - I've still got skills, and proved it by stealing 10,080 free pizza gift cards from Domino's."
What are your favorite food or restaurant mascots of bygone days? Also, where might one get the best pizza in the world - and why?
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