Yao Ming is really tall

Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets announces his retirement to the media on July 20, 2011 in Shanghai, China. 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 2011 NBAE (Photo by Kevin Lee/NBAE via 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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