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Qiao Hong, Consul General of the People's Republic of China poses with Yao Ming during his press conference announcement that he is starting the Yao Ming Foundation and that his first intention is to help the victims of the earthquakes in China June 10, 2008 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via 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