Yao Ming is really tall

Performers Shougang Yang and Chao Li pose with the wax figure of basketball star Yao Ming during its unveiling at Madame Tussauds on March 18, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/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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