Dr. Benjamin Kracht, professor of Anthropology at NSU, is the man you want to talk to if you're interested in unraveling the mystery of the Mayan calendar that supposedly predicts the end of the world.
"According to the story there was a stele that was pulled out of a gravel pit in the state of Tabasco, Mexico.
Engraved on the stone was the following; "There will occur a seeing, the display of the God...in great investiture," he said.
That's it. Not exactly doom and gloom, plus, as the professor puts it, there's the matter of perspective.
"What we've done and probably what the biggest fallacy is, is interpreting other cultures through our own cultural lens," he said.
For instance, are folks in South America suddenly cashing in their 401Ks?
"When I was last in Central America and visited with Maya people, this was never a topic," he said.
What's more, the stone that the passage is on, is missing a piece. "I don't think anyone has really been able to interpret the context of the meaning and the rest of the text is missing, so that's part of the problem, it that it's an incomplete reference," he said.
But somehow, like a good urban legend, it's taken on a life of it's own.
The supposed date of the end of the world falls on either December 21st or December 23rd, but professor Kracht isn't worried. In fact, he already has plans for next year.
"Maybe this will be a good marketing ploy since I'm teaching ancient Mesoamerica this spring. So if anybody's interested when we're still standing, we can study it in a bit more detail.