There are a lot of different salad and cooking oils to choose from in the grocery stores, so to try to narrow the broad range down some, I am only going to talk about Wesson Oil. But first a little history. I am going to say that the invention of the cotton gin by Eli Whitney back in 1794 was what got the industry started when they found out that seeds left over after the gin removed all the cotton fibers, could be crushed into oil. Cottonseed oil was first bottled in the U.S. in 1882. Since then it has come a long way. It has been deodorized, clarified, crystallized (Crisco), etc. and then along came the war and in 1944 the production of soybean oil beat out cottonseed oil. Now, on to corn oil.
Now, to get back to Wesson, which started in business selling corn oil, which, by the way, is obtained from the germ of the kernel. It was in 1900 that Dr. David Wesson started a refinery in Savannah to produce Wesson oil for the retail market. He later developed the "hogless lard", Crisco. In 1960, the company merged with Hunt Foods & Industries.
Wesson Oil has many uses other than for culinary delights. It can be used to moisturize skin or to make bubble bath. It can prevent cat hair balls, treat ear mites in cats, and add a shine to you dog's coat. It can condition your hair and remove oil-based paint from your skin. It can remove rust spots and season a cast iron skillet. It can remove paper stuck to wooden surfaces or price tags from appliances. And the one that I hope I will never need, is to keep snow from sticking to your snow shovel. (That last one is only for my northern readers or the ones at high elevations) There a lot of other uses, just use your imagination. Now, don't get too oiled and have a great day, you hear?