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One Direction's Liam and Harry worried they may have koala chlamydia

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We're not afraid to admit until a few weeks ago, we had never heard of Brit-Irish boy band One Direction, which apparently every female younger than 15 thinks is the greatest thing since downloadable bread. Imagine our surprise, then, when we heard a couple of the quintet's members have been expressing concern they may have chlamydia! From a koala! Say, that's a great excuse, fellas.

The U.K.'s Sun says members Liam Payne and Harry Styles freaked during a trip to an Australian animal sanctuary in Brisbane on April 20 when the 18-year-olds held a koala named Kat, only to find out that 80 percent of the continent's marsupial bears have the STD, and that a good number of those have a strain that can be passed to humans. Humans like the two boys and their bandmates, Louis Tomlinson, 20; Niall Horan, 18' and Zayn Malik, 19. That's so you can officially say you've heard of them.

"I'm genuinely scared. This is worrying. I'd have never picked the thing up if I'd known," Payne said. He then went on to crow about his own love life. "Louis and I both have girlfriends, so we must be doing something right. I've had my girlfriend for a long time, so I’'m definitely doing something right."

But back to the koalas: Apparently it's a real problem there, with the chlamydia causing widespread infertility and leading to fears the species is doomed. If only we could say that about boy bands -- and especially boy bands that don't dance or play instruments. Be sure to heckle One Direction with STD signs when they come to the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre on June 29.

[Photo: Don't ask us to identify which is which. Getty Images]

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