As any fule no, Han Solo's brag that the Millennium Falcon "did the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs" doesn't make any sense, because parsecs are a unit of distance not time. Turns out that Han wasn't such a chump after all. Apparently his boast refers to the Kessel Run spice route that flirts around the edge of a black hole cluster called 'the Maw'. The Millennium Falcon was so quick that it was able to skirt closer to the Maw than other ships without being sucked in, thereby cutting the standard 18 parsecs required for safe passage down to 11.5.
I love the fact that someone took the time to come up with this story. However, it's sadly balls. The original novelisation of 'Star Wars: A New Hope' corrects the mistake, referring instead to 'standard time units'. I like the black hole explanation better.
Source: Wookieepedia [LINK]
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