Yao Ming is really tall

L-R) NBA star Steve Nash, Taiwanese singer Annie Yi and Chinese basketball star Yao Ming attend their charity auction banquet at Diao Yu Tai State Guest House on September 13, 2007 in Beijing, China. The charity banquet is part of the Yao-Nash Gala which also includes a charity match between the Chinese national team headed by Yao Ming and an all-star line-up headed by Steve Nash at Capital Iron and Steel Indoor Gym on September 14. All proceeds will be used to set up Project Hope primary schools for poor children in western China, help Uygur girls attend school in the Kizilsu Kirghiz Prefecture of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, upgrade teaching facilities of schools for mentally disabled children in western China and promote the Special Olympics. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

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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

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