Man Finds Plant Taller Than Shaquille O'Neal Growing Out of His Wall

A man was baffled to find a plant growing through the walls into his house, which is now taller than Shaquille O'Neal.

Stephen Mullins, from Texas, has been charting the progress of the plant since it emerged, theorizing it's a type of grass.

Mullins shared a montage to TikTok as he measured the sapling, growing near the door to the yard, starting off with a ruler, before moving to a measuring tape as it sprouted.

Mullins, who shared the initial clip at the end of July, said: "A plant started growing into my house. So I decided to track the progress."

"It is now taller than LeBron James," he announced, with the tape measure revealing the shoot was 6 feet 11 inches long, surpassing the 36-year-old Lakers player, who stands at 6 feet 9 inches tall.

The grass takes up a big portion of the room, as he shared his theories on the plant's origin in the comments.

"I think the roots are outside and it just found a path into the house," he said. And in another response he wrote: "It's grass from the front yard. All the rain we've been getting in Texas."

A few people were impressed with the stalk's strength, claiming it had "abs of steel," before realizing Mullins had perched the end on a stool for support.

"That would be something if it could hold itself out like that," Mullins mused.

The clip, which can be seen here, amassed more than 5 million views, as some people joked the shrub should "start paying rent," to which Mullins joked: "It really needs to with how big it's getting."

And responding to plant lovers complaining they kill all their seedlings, Mullins quipped: "Try growing them through the wall for better absorption."

He claimed the growth was "crazy," as he revealed he'd called his plant "Jimmothy."

"Stay tuned for more videos on this until we are taller than the tallest human ever recorded," Mullins added.

After his initial clip blew up, Mullins shared another update with fans on Wednesday, saying: "So I've been getting requests for a part two. Last time we were taller than LeBron James, we've grown since then."

Mullins gets out his measuring tape, asking: "Are you ready for this?" He shockingly reveals Jimmothy is now a whopping 7 feet 2 inches long, as he said: "We are now taller than Shaquille O'Neal."

The former NBA star, 49, is just over 7 feet tall, meaning he would be short next to Jimmothy, a rarity for the sports commentator.

Numerous people commented on both clips, with Danny Wang Design joking: "The plant is trying to reach you about your extended car warranty."

To which Mullins replied: "It's got a contract in hand ready for me to sign."

Referencing the 1995 film starring Robin Williams, where parts of a jungle come to life via a boardgame, Johnny Ramirez asked: "What in the Jumanji is going on here."

"So you're able to grow plants with no soil, straight out of your house but me, I can't grow plants in the ground. Just great," Harley Jenn commented dryly.

Vitzael thought: "Someone is playing Jumanji."

Jenn Sobolewski reckoned: "Literal definition of a houseplant."

Mithridates added: "Landlord paints over it."

Ariane Malo-Sauve also wrote: "Jumanji. Traumatized my childhood."

While Mislav Damjan Barbar said: "But if you would try to plant it, it would die."

Newsweek reached out to Mullins for comment.

L.A. Lakers player Shaquille O'Neal.
L.A. Lakers player Shaquille O'Neal playing against the Sacramento Kings in 2001. A man from Texas discovered a plant growing out of his wall which is taller than the basketball star. Vince Bucci/Getty Images

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