According to a grisly piece of news that began floating around earlier this week, the bodies of 21 babies washed up on the banks of a river in Shandong province’s Jining city. The good news: the babies were already dead when their bodies were dumped in the river by staff from a local hospital. The bad news: that they were dumped in the river by staff from a local hospital! Two hospital staff have now been arrested over their roles in not properly disposing of the infant corpses. Shandong media have explained the dumping as being an extension of customs followed during China’s recent past. It was thought the death of an infant was a harbinger of bad luck and as a result, bodies were often buried in unmarked, mass graves – if at all -and babies’ possessions and pictures were burned as if they’d never been born. Our question is this: where do the hospital bracelets and “medical waste” bags show up in this old “tradition”?