I'm sorry, but every time I hear the "avoiding The Maw" explanation for "less than 12 parsecs" I somehow boil with rage. I'm not even a huge Star Wars fan, either. But I simply do not get why fans cannot just accept that Han Solo is mindlessly bragging. It even says so in versions of the script. It doesn't need a complicated explanation- it's that simple: Han Solo wants to make his ship sound fast so he throws meaningless words up into the air.