It's been building daily for several years - the Mayan Calendar prediction of the end of the world.

Always a hot topic on "Coast to Coast AM," a radio we carry on KLYQ, the theories and, really, the actual facts are tossed around with abandon. And, the more some people argue one way, the more others believe in the opposite.

December 21st, 2012, is the date of the "end." And, many disagree. Mayan calendar.

Peter Christian talked to University of Montana professor of anthropology John Douglas recently. Douglas made an initial comment, saying 'I'll be Christmas shopping on December 22nd'. In other words, Douglas, an expert in Mayan history, does not believe the end of the world as we know it is imminent.

Douglas says the Mayan calendar is about to count down to zero, and then like a car's odometer, start again. He is amused that there has been such wild speculation on the internet about a possible end of the world message through such an ancient culture.

Douglas says he plans to take some graduate students to ancient Mayan sites in January of 2013.

University of Montana professor John Douglas