Suppose we have a sphere of radius and mass m and a negatively charged test particle at distance d from its center, . If the sphere is electrically neutral, the particle will fall toward the sphere because of gravity. As we deposit electrons on the surface of the sphere, the Coulomb force will overcome gravity and the test particle will start to accelerate away. Now suppose we keep adding even more electrons to the sphere. If we have n electrons, the distribution of their pairwise distances has a mean proportional to , and there are such pairs, so the binding energy is about . If this term is included in the total mass-energy of the sphere, the gravitational force on the test particle would seem to be increasing quadratically with , and therefore eventually overcomes the linearly-increasing Coulomb force. The particle slows down, turns around, and starts falling again. This seems absurd; what is wrong with this analysis?