Why Mayan calendar expert calls doomsday "Hoopla"

Few believe the apocalypse is less than a day away, and the majority of the experts say December 21st, 2012 will come and go like any other.

"There's a lot of astronomy predictions associate with tomorrow such as the collision of a planet. There's suppose to be solar eruptions, earthquakes," said Coastal Carolina University Astronomer Louis Rubbo. "People have just attached to that date. Nothing is going to happen tomorrow. It just so happens a particular calendar that the Mayans set hundreds of years ago is going to roll over. It's like an odometer."

Rubbo first started researching the Mayan calendar four years ago after a student enlightened him about the potential doomsday prediction. Since, he's given lectures and presentations on the matter debunking it.

And while time is ticking down to the end of the Mayan calendar, what are we actually counting down to?

"Tomorrow is the the end of what they (Mayans) call the 13th Baktun which is kind of analogous to our millenium," said Rubbo. "The Baktun is about 400 years long and the idea is at the end of the 13th Baktun, it's the end of the creation cycle."

There's even no research supporting that the Mayans themselves believe the world will end tomorrow, said Rubbo.

"Whatever happens tomorrow, it's not suppose to be catastrophic. It's suppose to be like kind of our New Years. It's really suppose to be we've made it through a new year type of approach," said Rubbo.

When asked about the Mayan calendar, Conway Pastor Marion Brazell points to scripture.

"Look at the birds, they do not plant seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns. Yet your father in heaven takes care of them. Aren't you worth much more than birds?," said Brazell quoting Matthew Chapter 6. "So I am not going to worry about the Mayan calendar or tomorrow."

Brazell isn't putting much thought to the calendar, but some in his congregation have. He preached to a Sunday school class about the calendar a couple months ago.

"They want me to I think affirm what they are thinking," said Pastor Brazell. "As we look at the scripture, we don't have a firm time for the end to come. It's something we leave in the hands of the Lord."

The calendar may be getting a lot of underground attention, but even one person you may think would hear gossip about the calendar's end hasn't heard a thing.

"I haven't had any talk about the Mayan calendar," said The Gun Store owner Jason Wallace. "Actually, I hadn't even thought about it, and we're staring at the 21st being tomorrow. I haven't had any doomsday preppers."

"Most of the people I encounter are just curious," said Rubbo. There's not even a solid consensus December 21st is the end of the Mayan calendar, he added.

"There's a lot of problem correlating their Mayan calendar to our Gregorian calendar and finding the overlap was difficult," said Rubbo. "There's a little bit of slop in between the two calendars. So December 21st isn't even exactly known. It could be anywhere between the 21st through the 23rd, and on top of that, we don't have a time that you could look at your watch and say hold on at that moment."

But even with all the unknowns, just how confident is Rubbo?

"If I was in Vegas right now, I'd put my kid's college funds on the line that nothing is going to happen tomorrow."

But if the Mayans were right, Pastor Brazell said he's prepared.

"If it should happen, maybe we'll have a candlelight service on December 24th in heaven," he said," and that would be good too."