If your a Star Wars fan of any sort, you probably know the infamous quote from Star Wars: A New Hope "It's the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. I've outrun Imperial starships. Not the local bulk cruisers mind you, I'm talking about the big Corellian ships now. She's fast enough for you old man. What's the cargo?" Also, If you know what a parsec is, this quote probably annoys you.
It's understanding how this could annoy you, but have you ever though about how Han Solo could have really made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. You might be asking how that is possible because a parsec is equal to 3.26 light years or 19 trillion miles and is not a unit of time. Well, It just depends on the way you look at it.
The Kessel Run is a smugglers route that involves several extreme changes in velocity in order to jump to, and drop out of, light speed with the minimum time spent out of hyperspace while making drops, pick ups or tight turns. It is possible that most smugglers don't like to take as much of a risk as Han Solo and don't like to do the minimum distance required to do the run. But Han Solo always has to be different. He likes to get himself in situations that normally end as you becoming a wall decoration. I mean if you would just look at his resume: Freighter Pilot, Smuggler, War Hero, Wall Decoration, and best friends with a Jedi, Princess, and a wookie. That doesn't seem like someone you would just happen to run into in some random cantina, well...
If he were to actually make such a big risk as to make such a risky run like that in less then 12 parsecs, then it would completely change your perspective of him. You wouldn't see him as just a smuggler that became one of the most well know war heroes in the galaxy, but as a risk taker willing to do anything to get the job done quickly and correctly (and for bragging rights, of course!)
So let me know what you think. Is Han just greatly mistaken on what a parsec is, a risk taker, or a just another lying smugger trying to get more clients?