Stop With the “Parsec” Argument!

I know it’s been covered before, but every time a post pops up comparing all the sci-fi captains and their ships, someone always points out the a parsec is a unit of distance, not time, as in “The Millennium Falcon made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.”

Look, this has been covered many, many times on the web, but frankly, I’m just about tired of it.

Yes, a parsec is a unit of distance, but that doesn’t make the claim invalid or somehow illogical. As has been pointed out, the Kessel Run is a trip between two points. Now, normally, we would measure how fast someone covers that distance, but maybe there’s not a direct path between point A and point B, because of various and sundry interstellar phenomena such as asteroid belts, black holes, nebulas, etc., and so a more circuitous route must be taken if you don’t want to fucking die.

Then, allowing for the fact that only a fucking insane egomaniac would plot a course that would only cover twelve parsecs–less than twelve parsecs–in a ship that looks like a steaming pile of bantha-pudu, no less, and now you’ve got a god-damned achievement.

“Twelve parsecs? Holy shit! Are you fucking crazy?”

So please, people: let it go.

If you honor Han Solo’s memory at all, let it go.


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