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Shaq Celebrates the Internet's Gross Toe Jokes with a Sparkling Pedicure

Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal is a behemoth in more ways than one. Standing 7’1” and weighing no less than 325 lbs, Shaq is a gargantuan human being and a former genie who can belly dance. Last week, the NBA Hall of Famer made headlines and caught a fair bit of flack when he bared his size 22 feet on TNT's post-game show. The disgust was justified, because Shaq Daddy’s toes looked like charred chicken tenders with a fungal infection. Jokes were cracked, memes were born, and people probably gagged.

But our fair hero got the message, because Shaq got a pedicure. In videos he posted to Instagram Wednesday, Shaq’s ginormous leg spreads outward while a woman -- wearing gloves, of course -- performs the thankless job of lathering him up. 

Being flamboyant and all -- did we mention he’s a former genie who once cut a rap single with a dude named Fu-Schnickens? -- Shaq added a bit of flair to his newly minted toes in the form of gold, sparkling polish.

Walaaaa #bigplatunumdiamondtoes #nomoreuglyfeet #bigsexyfeetass

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Shaq clearly did the right thing here. Whether the sparkling nail polish can withstand the wrath of his monstrous feet is another question. 

[h/t Sports Illustrated]

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Sam Blum is a News Staff Writer for Thrillist. He's also a martial arts and music nerd who appreciates a fine sandwich and cute dogs. Find his clips in The Guardian, Rolling Stone, The A.V. Club and Vice. He's on Twitter @Blumnessmonster.