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An "Are OK circle" constitutes a playground artform practiced on various elementary school campuses across the United States. Generally, whenever an individual sustains injury whilst engaged in sport or simple frivolity, he or she shall fall to the ground and commence spinning in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. Once the injured individual has commenced the ritual, various other playground denizens shall congregate in a circular to elliptical shape around said injured person and spin in the opposite direction (e.g. counterclockwise if the injured party chooses to spin in a clockwise fashion), whilst stating vigorously, "Are you OK? Are you OK?".

Perfected at Quail Creek Elementary School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Are you OK circle can become intricately complex, featuring various interlocking rings spinning in opposite directions. Considered by some observers as a form of modern art, the Are you OK circle has gradually degenerated over the years, becoming rather disorganized and haphazard.
Ronald James D'elco III wished to achieve a rather laudable record in the standing long jump competition during Physical Education class. Thus, following his landing, he proceeded to collapse to the floor and roll across the ground, seeking to garner sympathy and attain a greater distance. Furthermore, wishing to exploit the theatrics to the fullest, he also began to spin wildly upon completing his rolling, prompting droves of observers to race to his side and state repeatedly, "Are you OK?" whilst forming an Are you OK circle loosely based upon the famed Mandelbrot set in fractal geometry.
by Jimmy Flinders October 23, 2007
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