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Delegate Yao Ming, (2nd-R) a former NBA basketball star lined up to cast his ballot during a plenary session of the CPPCC held at the Great Hall of the People on March 11, 2013 in Beijing, China. Yu Zhengsheng was elected Chairman of the National Committee of CPPCC. The CPPCC is a patriotic united front organization of the Chinese people, serving as a key mechanism for multi-party cooperation and political consultation under the leadership of the Communist Party of China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Yao Ming is really tall

It's never exactly gone under the radar that former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming is 7-foot-6, which is quite tall for a human, but the degree to which we recognize and are awestruck by his height has increased significantly following his retirement from the NBA after the 2010-11 season.

Since Yao hung up his size 18s, Internet users have marveled at photographic evidence that he is taller/bigger than a wide variety of people and things.

Dan Devine